Stray staff step up to the Sky Tower Stair Challenge

Team Stray Sky Tower Step Up Challenge

Update: Team Orange raises $8,082!

On Friday, August 11th, the lean mean stair climbing machines from Team Stray each smashed out the 1,103 steps to conquer Auckland’s Sky Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the Southern Hemisphere, in the Step Up Sky Tower Challenge. Not only did they finish the climb in red hot times, the team also raised a whopping $8,082 for the Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand charity, which put them in the top 10 for team fundraising!

A huge thank you to our awesome sponsors:

AJ Hackett Bungy | Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari | Great Sights Bay of Islands |  Ngai Tahu Tourism | Rainforest Retreat | Real Journeys | Spaceships Rentals |


On June 12th, DC (Sales and Product Manager) signed up a team of five Stray staff members, including himself, Ollie (NZ National Sales Rep), Kayla (Marketing and Design Coordinator), Caroline (Operations Assistant), and Sam (Auckland Sales Rep), to do something that others may deem as ‘crazy’. Yes, we were signed up to take part in the Step Up Sky Tower Challenge!

What does this challenge involve? It involves 1,103 stairs, a will to reach the top of Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower and fundraising for an amazing charity. The Step Up Challenge will take place on August 11th, and the Stray team has eagerly been preparing for it (check out our team page to donate here).

Auckland Sky Tower, Stray Step Up Challenger
Could you climb the 1,103 stairs to the top of the Sky Tower?

This challenge is run by the Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand charity, and the main purpose is to raise awareness and vital funds for the charity. Every day, six New Zealanders are diagnosed with Leukaemia or other related blood cancers, which is exactly why Stray wanted to be a part of this challenge: to help others who are in need and be a part of something bigger. The goal for each individual on the team is to fundraise $1,000, with a collective team effort of $5,000.

Stair training for Stray's Step Up Challenge
How to prepare? Climb lots of stairs!

What has the Stray team been getting up to since June? We’ve been working hard on both our fundraising efforts and our fitness training. As a team, we have headed out to train on stairs around Auckland City, and have also incorporated daily evening walks/runs up Mt Eden Summit for a bit more intensity. Individually, each team member has been working on their fitness levels by means of running, mountain biking, indoor netball and hitting the gym. We also try to use stairs over lifts or elevators where possible, just to get that extra training in!

Climbing Mt Eden Summit in Auckland
Climbing Mt Eden Summit = perfect for training

In order to get our fundraising going, the team has been posting on social media, asking friends and family for donations, bake sales, and raffle ticket prizes. So far, we’ve managed to raise over $3,000 for this charity, with no intentions on slowing down!

With only a little time left until the day is here, the team is focusing heavily on getting in as much training and fundraising as we can until the very last moment. If you would like to get involved in this great cause and get behind Team Stray, please feel free to donate to our team’s page through the banner below. Every little bit helps!

Donate here:

Sponsor Team Stray in the Step Up Challenge

Thank you to all of the support we have already received, including from our industry partners Real Journeys, Rainforest Retreat, AJ Hackett Bungy, and Great Sights Bay of Islands. Your kind donations are getting us one step closer to our goal in supporting the LBCNZ charity.

And a big thank you to everybody else who chooses to supports us in one way or another! 🙂

Written by stair climbing legend Sam Mooney, who also works as Stray’s awesome Auckland Sales Rep.

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