This week’s heroes have set a very unique challenge for themselves! Owen and Sandra Turner, along with their daughters Mikaela and Kiera and Kiera’s partner Elijah, have challenge themselves to ice skate the same distance as a National Hockey League player does in an entire season, in just 3 months! That’s a huge 660km!
They’ve already reached halfway on their skating goal and smashed their fundraising goal, raising $3,110 already! We spoke with Kiera about the challenge and learned more about the team.
What drives your commitment to a cure for Parkinson’s?
For me it’s so important to see a cure for Parkinson’s to ensure that other families do not have to experience what we are likely to face. Whilst we are being quite positive about the diagnosis, it was still such a shock to hear that dad had Parkinson’s.
A cure would change the lives for so many, so we are committed to raising as much money as we can for the Shake It Up Foundation through our challenges. Something that will likely now become an annual tradition for our family!
What are you doing to ‘shake things up’?
We decided to shake things up by committing ourselves to an ice skating challenge. It is something we as a family haven’t seen anyone do before and something that has always been a part of our lives. Mum and dad met while ice skating, dad always played hockey and mum was a figure skater. Myself and my sister of course played hockey as kids with dad as our coach. We decided we really needed to go for it to make it worth the money people were donating. So, we picked the target of, as a team, skating the same distance as an NHL player would in a season, in just 3 months. We are using clickers to count our laps with each lap working out to be approximately 125m. We are mostly averaging 80-100 laps each night we skate.
It has certainly been challenging as we are ice skating at general sessions, sharing the ice and skating much more than we usually ever would, it’s been a workout and we have all certainly noticed our fitness improving!