Run for Christchurch

image from 3.bp.blogspot.comAs 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 113 fatalities and over 200 people are still missing.

My friend Kek explains the financial situation well:

"Christchurch is a small city by world standards and as such, has limited resources. Emergency funds have already been stretched to the limit by the September earthquake, and now this latest and far more serious quake has left many folks destitute and in need of all the help they can get.

Remember, it's not just those who've lost their homes and belongings, but many, many people who don't have jobs to go to because their city workplaces have either been destroyed or are off-limits due to the danger of further collapses."

A group of Kiwi bloggers have come up with a great idea to help raise funds – a worldwide virtual 5K on the weekend of 12-13 March:

"… 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."

All proceeds will go to the New Zealand Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Fund.

You don't have to be a runner to join in – jog, walk, skip if you prefer! 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 Twitter and 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 they will post it on the official site.

Any Londonites out there – the lovely Sas has organised a fun run in Richmond Park on 13 March – find out more here.

Whether or not you're in a financial position to particpate, please consider spreading the word online via Facebook, Twitter or your own blog using the links above.

If you'd like to find out more, here's some FAQs and further information about Run for Christchurch.

12 thoughts on “Run for Christchurch

  1. Brilliant. The news has been so sad, I’m glad these bloggers came up with a morale-booster. I checked right away on Sue (Bounding Sue) and as I thought, she is safe on north island.

  2. Yeah, this disaster has really hit close to home, even though it’s not that close to home ….if you know what I mean.

    Me and my dodgy ITB will be shuffling and limping 5k on the 12th or 13th. I’ll imagine that you and all the other lovely bloggers are there running alongside me.


  3. Thanks so much Shauna! It’s been amazing how huge Run4Chch has become and we’re all overwhelmed! We really appreciate all the support.

  4. The response has been incredible, Kate, Phil, Mike, Pip and I were hoping to raise $1000 and get 100 runners involved and in just over a week we are almost up to $3500! It’s amazing!

  5. You Girl Bloggers ROCK MY WORLD! Woohoo.

    I have sent out many, many, many emails to well-known bloggers asking them to link to an appeal, or to my blog but have been pretty much ignored. It does feel like a kick in the teeth. As if some bloggers are all ‘talk’ about solidarity and caring, but actually not up to it in a practical sense.

    It absolutely means so much that you are doing this. It would be so easy for you just to think it’s a far away ‘other people’s problem’.

    Nobody thought this could happen. Even after the quake in September, we never imagined that a quake could do what the Sept 22nd quake did, in a modern country, with apparently strong buildings. Living conditions are pretty gross right now. Most (but not all) people now have power and water but we can’t drink the water -needs to be boiled and does not taste great- and everyone is currently dealing with awful sediment in the air, aftershocks and disruption of all sorts.

    The money that comes in to the red cross at the moment is going toward getting things for people in the welfare centres and deliveries of emergency supplies to lower-income areas where people often don’t have cars or the roads are so bad that you can’t drive on them. It’s so very useful to know there is a water tanker, but it takes an hour to walk there and how do you carry 20L of water home? I could go on, but I’m sure people can imagine the situation.

    Every cent does count and everyone that helps in any way will automatically be allocated Fridays and Saturdays as days where food has no calories. Should get that one signed off soon. 😀

  6. Yeah, I meant Feb 22nd quake.. of course. Earthquake brain is currently a local phenomenon that causes mixing up of September and February.

  7. Brilliant idea this.
    This has really hit home for me, even tho I have been in the UK for 20 years, I have lots of friends and family in Christchurch. Luckily none of them has been seriously injured, tho three families have lost their homes, cars etc.
    Im keen to give this a go, am off to check out the website.
    Thanks Shauna.

  8. This is a FANTASTIC idea!! So glad I decided to swing by and catch up. I’m going to talk to my walking/jogging Dutch buddy tomorrow and get her to join me here in Den Haag (The Hague), Netherlands. Once again, you rock. You really do.

  9. Wow, had no idea this had been organised. Thanks so much for spreading the word and commiting to some pavement pounding for my city.
    A friend lost her husband in this earthquake, who she buries today, and two friends of ours have lost their lives. On Wednesday night I had to stay in hospital in the middle of the city with my 4 year old who had bad asthma, the aftershocks were severe and the terrifying situation of being right in the thick of it really had me appreciating what my city friends were going through. I thank every being I can, on a daily basis, that I made the move out to the country.

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