Wānaka Sun       

Superstar of the year

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 15 Oct, 2020 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Lochie Win, from Cromwell, set out at the beginning of this season to ski 40 days to mark Cardrona's 40th birthday and raise money for the Cancer Society, who supported his mum when she underwent treatment for cancer two years ago. 

Last Friday, the incredible six-year-old started day 40 in style with a helicopter ride organised by Wanaka Helicopters - during which, unbelievably, his fundraising total hit $10,000 - followed by an award ceremony with the Cancer Society at Cardrona.

Jonet Warhurst, Marketing and Fundraising Manager for the Cancer Society of New Zealand, Otago & Southland Division, said Lochie was their “fundraising superstar for 2020 and the youngest supporter ever to raise this much money.”

Initially written for $10,000, the large cheque brought up for Lochie to present the Cancer Society with was edited twice before the presentation even started at 10:30am as donations kept rolling in - and the total raised now stands at $10,697.

Lochie was four when mum Rebecca was diagnosed with a rare malignant adrenal tumour on Valentine's day 2018. Dad Luke recalled “we tried to keep Lochie as sheltered as possible, but he found out more and more as it went on.” 

The Cancer Society was extremely supportive during the family's difficult time, so when Lochie first said he wanted to ski for 40 days to celebrate Cardrona's 40th birthday this year, and it was suggested he could raise some money from it, his first choice of beneficiary was the Cancer Society.

Lochie said it was “my way of saying thank you to the Cancer Society for helping my mum when she got sick.” He had been getting up at 5:30am all winter to get his 40 days in - completing 560 runs and covering over 100,000 vertical metres. 

Mum Rebecca was impressed at the “dedication” Lochie had shown for the whole winter, despite some “miserable weather” in the middle, and dad Luke said he was “forever proud” of his son and “couldn't wait to see who he would become.”

After his amazing achievement, Lochie was also invited to speak at the Naylor Love Cancer Society Masquerade Ball on Saturday night. 

“He had so much fun,” said his dad. “He just loved it. We had a real job getting him off the dance floor at midnight.”

Lochie has gathered a huge amount of support on his journey, from Cardrona staff and local businesses to national news outlets. When asked what his next challenge would be, he was quick to say he'd like to ski for 100 days next winter. 

You can still donate to his fundraiser until the end of this week at : https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/lochies-40-days-skiing-for-cardronas-40th-to-raise.

Read edition 996 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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