Wānaka Sun       

Twelve-year-old summits Mt Iron 53 times during lockdown

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 21 May, 2020 | By Ollie Blyth journalist@thewanakasun.co.nz

Twelve- year-old student Lucy Radford spent her lockdown summiting Mount Iron every day for 53 days to raise money for local charity Food for Love. After all of her efforts she managed to fundraise $1,000.00 and hopes to inspire others wanting to make a difference in the Upper Clutha community. 

“At the start of lockdown, I set myself a challenge to go up Mount Iron every day of lockdown and on Sunday it was my 53rd time in a row, which is the equivalent of climbing the height of Mt Everest,” said Radford, “I would like to donate that money to Food For Love, as I think lots of families will need its support after this pandemic.”

Radford lives within walking distance of the mountain, so was able to complete the goal during alert level four. She said that; “During level 3 we also climbed Mt Roy. Of course I had to go up Mt Iron on the same day too and on that day I got my fastest time of 15 minutes and 58 seconds. Mum went up with me every day.”

Food for Love is a Wānaka based charity which supplies home cooked food to households in need of assistance. Recently they were supplied with a chest freezer which is aiding in the storage of food. 

Claire Radford, Lucy's mother, said that “[Lucy] has raced me up the mountain every time. Her effort during lockdown has been awesome and we're very proud of her fundraising efforts too. Little legend.”

Lucy also hopes to show the local community how one person's actions can make a difference, especially in trying times, “I'm sure there are lots of people in Wānaka who want to help but aren't sure how so I hope this inspires other people to come up with other ideas to help the community.”

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