Tauranga Boys' College complete their Fortress 40 challengeImage by: Movember
25 September 2023

Tauranga Boys' College take on a 40-hour endurance challenge for men's health

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In a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit, Kane, Jake, Bodhi, Alex, Sam and Reed have emerged victorious after completing a gruelling 40-hour endurance challenge that pushed them to their physical and mental limits... The Fortress 40. Not only did they conquer a series of physically demanding tasks, but they also raised $4,764. Championing the cause of men's mental health.

The six friends, bound by a common goal and an unshakable brotherhood, embarked on this epic journey with a sense of purpose and camaraderie that would see them through the toughest of trials. Their challenge was a multi-faceted test of endurance, encompassing gym sessions, surf torture, running, waka ama and swimming. Each segment was designed to be physically and mentally demanding, pushing the participants to discover the depths of their resilience.

" The boys not only achieved a personal victory but also made a profound statement about the power of friendship, determination, and community support. "

The activities included:

Surf torture - a formidable challenge that involved exposure to cold ocean waters, not only testing their physical endurance but also their mental tenacity. The cold, the waves, and the relentless nature of the sea pushed them to confront their fears and persevere in the face of discomfort.

Running - a discipline that demands not only cardiovascular strength but also mental resilience, saw them covering long distances, pushing their bodies further than they had ever gone before. The determination in their eyes was unmistakable as they conquered each kilometre, one step at a time.

Waka ama - this required the participants to paddle in unison, relying on teamwork and communication to propel their outrigger canoe forward. This challenge not only tested their physical coordination but also their ability to work together under pressure.

Swimming - this component was also physically demanding, requiring both endurance and technique. As fatigue set in, their mental strength came to the forefront, allowing them to push through the exhaustion and keep moving forward.

Their unwavering commitment to the cause of men's mental health served as a constant source of inspiration throughout the 40-hour ordeal. Friends, family and staff rallied behind them, providing encouragement, sustenance, and a reminder of the importance of their mission.

Crossing the finish line, they were exhausted yet triumphant. The boys not only achieved a personal victory but also made a profound statement about the power of friendship, determination, and community support. Their 40-hour endurance challenge will be remembered not only as a physical feat but as a symbol of hope and resilience, serving as a reminder that together, we can overcome even the most daunting challenges in the pursuit of a brighter future for men's mental health.

We cannot thank the boys enough for their incredible efforts completing the Fortress 40 and for championing mental health at their college.