Calling all adventurers! Cruise your way to have fun and raise money for a good cause

The Counties Manukau Orienteering Club (CMOC) is hosting an outdoor family event on March 27, where attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air,

hone their navigation skills and explore the urban terrain of Pukekohe, while raising money for a good cause.

The Urban Rogaine Academy on March 27 is a fundraising event for the CMOC Development Academy, which helps talented junior orienteers develop their

skills, contributes financially to the cost of competing at national and international orienteering events, and provides them with access to camps and training opportunities.

“We have juniors with great orienteering skills, and our club has designed a course for them to develop those skills,” says John “Robbie” Robinson, longtime CMOC executive committee member and organizer of the Urban Rogaine Academy.

“However, as with all sports, the amount of money required for our young orienteers to achieve their goals may be too much for most families. Being selected for the New Zealand high school team can cost up to $3,000, and traveling to the world junior championships is much more expensive. We don’t want the costs to be prohibitive for our gifted juniors, which is why the Development Academy was created.

The Urban Rogaine Academy was Robinson’s brainchild – fundraising combined with an exciting adventure race around Pukekohe. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, a rogaine is an orienteering race somewhat like a scavenger hunt, where small teams use a map and navigation skills to visit as many points of control as possible within a defined period of time. You can walk, jog or run between checkpoints and work with team members to identify the best route to take.

Urban Rogaine Academy kicks off from Pukekohe Stadium at 9am, and teams have three hours to locate checkpoints worth 30, 40, or 50 points. Participants choose an allotted start time for their team of two to four people, and three levels – High School, Open, and Vets 50+ – give everyone the chance to

enjoy the fun. Competitors can register at (search “Rogaine Academy 2022”) and registration closes March 20. The cost is $30 for adults and $20 for students, and all contestants will receive fun prizes and goodies.

“We hope to raise $30,000 for the Development Academy through this fundraising event,” says Robinson.

“Plus, it’s a great opportunity for people to see Pukekohe in a way they’ve never experienced before.”

The Club also accepts donations to the CMOC Development AcademyFund so that our young career counselors can access training and development opportunities.

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