Call us corny, but we still tend to believe that people are genuinely good at their core. That when given the opportunity to rise and meet the needs of others, many will happily step up and bear another’s burdens. Last week, twenty five personal watercraft enthusiasts did exactly that, and raise an impressive $93,000 to aid in the fight melanoma skin cancer.

The two dozen-plus entries of the 2014 Yamaha Melanoma Foundation Ski-NZ challenge embarked on a 6day, 325-nautical mile journey that took them from the top of New Zealand’s South Island, from the Whanganui Inlet (west of Farewell Spit) to Nelson, French Pass, around D’Urville and Stephens Islands to finish at Picton (the final leg bringing them across Cook Strait to Wellington, was called off due to the imminent arrival of Cyclone Lusi).


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