Cows can’t jump over the moon but Kiwi ninjas might be able to.
Ninja Jumped Over the Moon is an epic, nationwide exercise and fund-raising challenge to be held over a 24 hour period from 20-21 January 2023 during which the organisers hope to bounce a total height of 357,000 kilometres on trampolines, burn 30 million calories and raise $1M+ for the KidsCan charity.
Ninja Valley, a 10,000 cubic metre indoor playground in Hamilton, is hosting the event and hopes to register and mobilise more than 5,000 residential trampolines across New Zealand to participate in the 24 hour challenge. Teams and individuals can register themselves on the Raisely campaign page, set their own goals and set about seeking sponsorship and donations from their own networks, neighbourhoods, family and friends.
“It is an absolutely monumental challenge”, says Ninja Valley co-founder Grant Beuzeval. “357,000 kilometres into the air will require 100,000 hours of bouncing and 30 million calories of energy but the multiple benefits are equally as inspirational”.
“We love the idea of the nation coming together in the name of exercise and charity, gathering around neighbourhood trampolines with deck chairs, the BBQ/kai and maybe a tent pitched on the lawn for a sleepover while one person remains bouncing at all times. That sounds like a lot of fun at the backend of the school holidays”, added Beuzeval.
KidsCan was selected as the beneficiary charity based on their exemplary work in providing the 1 in 5 Kiwi kids affected by poverty the essentials they need to learn. Ninja Valley is aligned with the KidsCan belief that education is a child’s ticket out of poverty and gives them the opportunity for a better future.
"This is a really fun way to make a real difference to children in hardship, who are who are having a particularly tough time right now as the cost-of-living soars," says KidsCan CEO and founder Julie Chapman. "We're very grateful to Ninja Valley and to all the kind Kiwis who take part in this event. The food, shoes, jackets and health items we provide are needed now more than ever."
Ninja Valley will host and livestream broadcast the event from its headquarters in Hamilton with continuous updates about the distance jumped and the funds raised.
“We hope that Kiwis across the country will find this a worthy challenge and can find a trampoline, create their own team campaign page on Raisely, find some sponsors or donors and start planning their fun strategy for the whole 24 hours or even just a few hours. It all adds up to something special”, concluded Beuzeval.
Event Name: Ninja Jumped Over the Moon
Start date & time: 5pm, Friday 20th January 2023
End date and time: 5pm, Saturday 21st January 2023
Organiser: Ninja Valley Limited, Hamilton www.ninjavalley.co.nz
Contact: Grant Beuzeval, Co-founder/Director, Ninja Valley Limited
Contact email: email@example.com
Facebook page: @ninjamoonjump (https://www.facebook.com/ninjamoonjump)
Instagram page: @ninjamoonchallenge (https://www.instagram.com/ninjamoonchallenge/)
Distance to the moon: In 2023, the moon will be at its closest to the Earth on the weekend of 20-22 January – a mere 356,569 kilometres away.
Additional Information/FAQ’s: https://ninja-jumped-over-the-moon.raisely.com/faqs
Founded in 2005, KidsCan is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading charity dedicated to helping Kiwi kids affected by poverty, helping tamariki experiencing hardship by providing food, jackets, shoes and health products to schools and early childhood centres across New Zealand.
KidsCan support is available to more than 200,000 tamariki in over 800 schools and 100 early childhood centres, with over 5 million items of food, clothing and health products being sent from their Auckland warehouse each year
With these essentials, kids can participate in learning and have the opportunity for a better future.
About Ninja Valley
Ninja Valley is New Zealand’s newest and largest, ultimate indoor playground set in 10,000 cubic metres in the heart of Hamilton, featuring 30+ activities such as ninja courses, high ropes courses, climbing towers, donut slide, wipeout, dodgeball, zipline, soft play and much more. There is something for everyone, from toddlers to adults.
Founded in 2021 by Tom Barnes and Grant Beuzeval - two returning, long-term Hong Kong expats - wanting to create something special, fun, challenging, inclusive and community-centric for kids and families to play and grow together.