Politicians sweat it out for charity in Samson Challenge

Thursday, 02 March 2017

Lismore City Council will be one of many local organisations represented in the 2017 Lismore Samson Fitness Challenge being held this Saturday, March 4.

Council will be represented by two teams from SWITCH 24-hour gym and a team of Lismore City Councillors: Mayor Isaac Smith, Deputy Mayor Gianpiero Battista and Councillors Eddie Lloyd and Elly Bird.

The Samson Challenge is a four-person team event, with each team completing nine gruelling challenges including strength activities such as the 130kg truck tyre flip and burpee challenge plus running, swimming and an outdoor obstacle course.

The fittest team will take home the 2017 Samson Title.

“I have always supported the Samson Challenge as it highlights the importance of fitness and general health. It continues to be a major event in its own right and something Lismore is very proud of,” Mayor Isaac Smith said.

“For the first time, I am putting my money where my mouth is and joining in. With a team of fellow Councillors, we hope to bring our civic leadership to the fitness arena.”

The Samson Challenge raises funds for Our Kids to purchase paediatric equipment for Lismore Base Hospital. Funds raised from previous Samson Challenges have purchased a wireless CTG machine and a resuscitation unit for the Special Care Nursery.

The Samson Challenge will be held at Hepburn Park in Goonellabah. The run will take the competitors through the streets to the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre for the swim leg then a run back to the oval where competitors will complete the last two fitness legs.

“It is a wonderful event for those who are into fitness and like a challenge,” Our Kids Fundraising Coordinator Rebekka Battista said.

“This area attracts people who enjoy keeping fit and this event is a way to put your body to the test and at the same time help support local children at Lismore Base Hospital.”

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