Muddy mess for a good cause

GIVING back by getting muddy is the aim for one Frances family - plus a "ring-in" from Adelaide.

The Naylors - Shantell, Tim and Cody - and their friend Alicia are tackling the challenging "The Stampede" obstacle course in Adelaide on April 5.

The Stampede is similar to the infamous Tough Mudder - putting participants through a dirty challenge over 5km or 10km.

"It's like a muddy army course," Shantell said. "It looked like fun to start off with."

But then they found out they could use it as a fundraiser, which they are doing to raise funds for the Flinders Medical Centre Neoanatal Intensive Care Unit - something close to the Naylors' heart after a tough time for the family back in 2009.

"They helped out Levi (Shantell and Tim's son and Cody's brother) when he was born," Shantell said. "Without them he probably wouldn't be here."

Levi was diagnosed with HMD - Hyaline Membrane Disease. 

Some premature babies, more often boys, are born with not enough sefactant on their lungs to help them breath and Levi was one of them.

So now the family and their friend are up for the fresh challenge of taking part in the Stampede in the name of charity.

All funds raised go to the Flinders Medical Centre.

Visit here for more information or to donate.

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