Ninja Warrior Challenge raises money for the Our Backyard Car to Home Project

THEY may know the ropes of their own industries, but Hunter businesses tackling Newcastle’s own “Ninja Warrior” course for charity next week are set to get a lesson in strength, strategy and endurance.

Local businesses have signed up to take on “The Parc” obstacle course at Genesis Fitness in Cooks Hill as part of the SEE Ninja Warrior for Charity challenge.

Organiser Jay Bolton said there was still time for business to enter the fundraising event, which will be held on September 22, with all proceeds going to the Our Backyard Car to Home Project.

“Most people are treating it as a fun day out to reward their staff,” he said.

“It’s a Friday afternoon, come and have some fun, raise some money, and then kick back and have some drinks.”

Mr Bolton, of SEE Business Solutions, was previously behind the Hot Chook Challenge and the Rowing Challenge for Charity fundraisers. This latest event was inspired by the popular Channel Nine program, Ninja Warrior Australia.

Teams of five can enter the event for $400, or individuals can enter for $100.

“It will be like a relay race – every one of the members will do the course,” he said.

“You don’t fall in the water like the one on TV, but it’s still pretty tough.”

Mr Bolton said he hoped the event would raise money, and awareness, for the work of the Our Backyard Car to Home Project.

“They provide a safe place with quality facilities for people who have to sleep in their car due to not having a home or anywhere to stay,” he said. “It can happen to anyone, and it helps people until they can find a home.”

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“This is a way to highlight some of the smaller charities that may get missed – the ones that don’t have the big budgets or the big resources,” Mr Bolton said.

“We’re putting on the event, the food, the drinks, and the DJs, and getting the charity to invoice the businesses directly.