The inspirational six-year-old skiing for Cancer Society

Six years old and already a ski celebrity: last weekend, Lochie bumped into Bridget Legnavsky.

Six-year-old Lochie Win, from Cromwell, is skiing at Cardrona for 40 days this winter to raise money for the Cancer Society after his mum underwent treatment two years ago. 

Last weekend marked days 17 and 18 of Lochie’s mission, during which he completed an incredible 35 laps across the main Cardrona slopes. It also marked a major milestone in his fundraising campaign as the total money raised tipped over to $1,000 on Sunday afternoon.

Lochie was four when mum Rebecca was diagnosed with a rare malignant adrenal tumour on Valentine’s day 2018. “It was very intense,” said father Luke Win. “We tried to keep Lochie as sheltered as possible, but he found out more and more as it went on.” The most intense stages of her treatment lasted until July 2018. 

Win recalled that the Cancer Society had been extremely supportive during the family’s difficult time - coming to check on them regularly and bringing Lochie blankets, toys and books. So, when Lochie first said he wanted to ski for 40 days to celebrate Cardrona’s 40th birthday this year, and it was suggested he could raise some money from it, his first choice of beneficiary was the Cancer Society. 

The Society offers a range of support services to help patients, carers, friends and family deal with the impact of cancer while maintaining a positive future outlook.

Lochie said he wanted to support them “because they helped my mum,” but he also wanted to help “other people’s mums and dads that need help from the Cancer Society too.”.

Lochie first started skiing with his dad last winter, when he was five. “He just loved it,” said Win. “He kept asking all off-season, ‘when can we go back to Cardrona?’” Lochie said his favourite slope was Captain’s, and he had a well-deserved Cardrona’s hot chocolate every time he went skiing. 

“I’m really proud of him,” said Win. “He’s up at 5:30am getting his gear together and he’s even learning to wax his own skis.”

The early starts are for a worthy cause, and Lochie and his dad are keen to keep on target. “We hit it pretty hard for the school holidays,” said Win. “We were up here every day except two.” Now school is back in session, Lochie planned to go up to Cardrona every weekend - and might even ask for a few days off school to make sure he hits his 40 day goal.

He’s become something of a celebrity up the hill - “everywhere I go, people say hello,” he said - and on Sunday, he met General Manager Bridget Legnavsky. “She was really excited to meet him and hear about his goal for Cardrona’s 40th,” said Win. “The crew at Cardrona have been awesome getting behind Lochie.”

Cancer Society Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Jonet Warhurst, said the organisation was also following Lochie's “inspirational challenge.”

“Lochie's drive and passion will help the Cancer Society support more people, like his mum, that are living with cancer. We would like to thank Lochie for his dedication to making the world a better place and wish him all the best for finishing his 40 day challenge.”

Head to: https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/lochies-40-days-skiing-for-cardronas-40th-to-raise to support Lochie.

View edition 985 of the Wānaka Sun here.

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