UPDATED 12.15PM: A young girl who has severe asthma and bronchiectasis has successfully trekked to the summit of Mauao in Mount Maunganui today.
Tauranga’s Chloe Crump, 4, took on the challenge of climbing to the top of the maunga in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand.
The pint-sized pocket rocket was joined on her journey up Mauo by a team of supporters that includes family and friends, plus teachers from her preschool Ark Early Childhood Centre and the Beach Kidz Preschool Beach Programme.
The trek to the top of the maunga was the finale of a challenge set for Chloe and her family by the Beach Kidz Preschool Beach Programme which has seen them undertake a range of activities like swimming, yoga, rock hunting over the past 100 days.
“It’s been exciting watching Chole over these last 100 days. To be honest I’m really proud of the way she’s undertaken all of the challenges, she taken them all in her stride which is really cool,” her mother Rachel Crump told SunLive on Friday.
Along with raising awareness for ARFNZ, Chole is also attempting to raise money in order to bring a musical show called Sailor the Puffer Fish which educates children about asthma to the Ark Early Childhood Centre.
“Bringing the show to the centre means Chloe and her friends can learn about asthma in a fun and entertaining way. Our goal is raise $300 to bring the show and its presenter Chis Lam Sam to Ark Early Childhood Centre.”
People can also show their support for Chloe and the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ by making a donation via her Everyday Hero fundraising website at: https://give.everydayhero.com/nz/active-lungs-for-chloe-the-100-day-challenge
Tauranga’s Chloe Crump, 4, who has severe asthma and bronchiectasis, before she embarked on her challenge to trek to the top of Mauao in Mount Maunganui. Photos: Tracy Hardy.
From left: Chloe with her friends Penelope Irvine, 5, Chloe Evans, 6, and Amelia Valentine, 3.
Go Team Chloe!