As you may know, New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch, was devastated by a 6.3 earthquake at lunchtime on Tuesday 22 February 2011. There have been at least 145 fatalities so far and over 200 people are still missing.
People around the world want to know how they can help, and the answer’s short. With money. But we all want to feel like we’re doing more than just typing our credit card numbers into a box and clicking submit.
So we thought we’d go for a run. Wearing red and black (the local colours), to show the people of Canterbury we love them. And we’d like you to join us for a virtual run. Wherever you are.

If you’d like to participate, just follow these easy steps:

  • make a donation on the fundraising page – all proceeds will go to the New Zealand Red Cross
  • follow the team on Facebook
  • tell the world you’re in! Share the love on Twitter, Facebook, your blog, whatever! Use the #run4chch hashtag.
  • on the 12th or 13th of March, pop your red and black on, and hit the streets, or the pavements, or the trails, or wherever it is you run/walk/jog/stagger.
  • then send a link to your race report, and we’ll post it on the official site.


The Ballina 5km run will start from the Ballina RFC at 12 mid day on Saturday the 12th March.  Hope to see as many people there as possible and dressed in Black and Red.

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