MUDDY CAUSE: Friends Victoria Vanstone and Michelle Hoogenhout are preparing for Tough Mudder 2019
MUDDY CAUSE: Friends Victoria Vanstone and Michelle Hoogenhout are preparing for Tough Mudder 2019 Victoria Vanstone

Tough mothers accept the challenge

MOST people see Tough Mudder as a test of physical strength, but two Mudjimba mothers are using the event as a way to raise money for a good cause.

In May close friends Victoria Vanstone and Michelle Hoogenhout are challenging themselves to the 5km course in support of two young girls in Nepal.

"When I was trekking in Nepal 10 years ago I met a family who needed help for their young children, they live up in the mountains where there isn't any education support for young girls," Victoria said.

"I've kept in contact and have now paid for the education of those girls for 5 years."

Victoria and Michelle's team Mudjimba Mud have started a GoFundMe page asking for local support to reach their $1000 goal in exchange for completing the course.

"Michelle and I come up with a different way of raising the money each year," Victoria said.

"A couple of years ago I did the Sunshine Coast marathon, and my friends are always willing to help so Tough Mudder was just the next thing on the list to do."

The money raised will be used to pay school fees and buy equipment for Nyima Chozom Bhote and Choten Magar, who otherwise would not have the chance to be educated.

"Young girls in Nepal tend to be overlooked for education," Victoria said.

"They can usually only afford to send one person to school and if there's a boy he is the one that gets to go.

"It means the girls get left behind in the village and are expected to collect tea leaves and prepare for the winter."

To reach their goal Victoria and Michelle are strongly motivated to complete the course, despite the strenuous training the challenge requires.

"Last year I completed my first half marathon and I was searching for something to aim towards this year," Michelle said.

"When Vicki suggested Tough Mudder I knew that it was the right thing to motivate me.

"I am looking forward to the challenge and am excited Vicki and I can raise money for a good cause."

Support Mudjimba Mud at https://www.gofundme.com/michelle-and-vicky-tough-mudders


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