Sweating it out to Raise Funds


It was an unusual challenge, but the Classic Builders team nailed it.

Four Classic Builders Tauranga staff have helped raised more than $20,000 for Homes of Hope after 585 minutes of intense exercise on Friday the 8th of November. Between 5.15am and 5.15pm the four tackled 13 repetitions of an F45 class, including high-intensity interval and functional training and circuit work.

Accomplishing the grueling challenge (despite some crippling cramping moments) were: Classic Builders BOP senior construction manager Callum Armstrong; construction manager Jade Murray; regional manager Nathan Watkins; and Classic Group national marketing manager Kathryn Scholes.

An elated Kathryn reports the “585 for Hope” mission was accomplished and reports it looks as if “the incredible amount” of more than $23,000 has been raised on the associated givealittle page.

“We really didn’t think it would be so much and we are so happy. We also collected a washing machine box full of present for the kids (Homes of Hope children) over the day as well – people were very generous and came along with gifts,” Kathryn says.

Homes of Hope Tauranga CEO Hilary Price, who was there on the day, was totally overwhelmed by what the four achieved.

“They are not just out of the box, they are epic, awesome – so many wonderful adjectives and superlatives apply to them.

“We are overwhelmed by their support and the sacrifice. They gave from the heart. We are very, very grateful, humbled and in awe of their commitment and contribution. Talk about love in action,” Hilary says.

Kathryn says the pain was totally worth it.

“The support and comradery we experienced on the day from so many friends, colleagues and local businesses was incredible – including our awesome suppliers and tradies too. By the end of the day I had sore cheeks from smiling.”

Callum, Jade, Nathan and Kathryn are all members of Tauranga F45 studio, which backed the fundraiser. The four chose the Homes of Hope charity as they believe the work the organisation does is truly inspiring. They wanted to give abused and disadvantaged children a little positive change.

Tauranga F45 Studio manager Jess Addis described the tackling 13 of the 45-minute classes a very ambitious aim, for a very good cause.

Hilary and other Homes of Hope staff were there on the day, taking photos, dancing to the loud music and cheering the four on.

Homes of Hope is driven by a desire to deliver the very best foster care service. The organisation prevents brothers and sisters from being separated and ensures stability of their care for as long as it is needed.

The money raised from the “585 for Hope” challenge will go towards therapeutic care specific to the children’s needs. And the presents? To brighten Christmas Day for some very special kids.

Many thanks to the day’s sponsors and supporters: Moon Drainage, ABS Electrical, Tauranga Hardware and Plumbing, Roar Coaching, Colliers International, Cooney, Lees & Morgan, Amp’t Electrical, New Zealand Windows, BaseUp, CBK, Direct Group Ltd, Carters, Harvey Norman, MC Professional Decorators, TileCo, Davy Construction, Housewash Inc, Lysaght Consultants, TileMax, Rix Civil, Modern Office, HVAC-I Air Conditioning and Plumbing World.