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Gold Medal Winner Assists Habitat For Humanity

Published: Thu 18 Sep 2003 11:35 AM
Gold Medal Winner Assists Habitat For Humanity As 'Women Build' Underway
New Zealand Commonwealth Games gold medal winner and Olympic cyclist, Sarah Ulmer, pitched in and lent a hand at the Habitat for Humanity 'Women Build' today.
Sarah, participating as one of the Ford team volunteers, was still suffering jet lag after recently returning from a European cycling campaign.
"It's fantastic to see the support that a project such as this receives," said Sarah during a motivational talk she gave at the start of the day.
"I for one don't think you need a motivational talk at all – the fact that you are already here is an indication that you believe in what you are doing, and have a strong desire to see this project finished."
To complete the project by the deadline of Saturday 27 September, as many as 30 volunteers are working on the site at any one time – including a group of women who have flown in from the United States, and one woman from England.
"You are a very special group of people, especially those of you who have traveled from overseas to help build a house in a country you might have never been to before," she added.
People who would like to participate in the women build, or require more information about Habitat for Humanity, can visit the web site at http://www.habitatnz.co.nz or contact the national office on (09) 529 4111.
The mission of Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate substandard housing from the world one family at a time. Families are selected to partner with Habitat for Humanity and provide 500 hours of 'sweat equity' into the building of their house and the homes of others.
Families then pay back a no interest and no profit mortgage structured with affordable repayments, to become the owners of their own home.

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