The Unity Ultra Friday 20 March 2020

We have a team of runners taking part in the 51 mile ultra marathon race to commemorate the 51 lives lost in the Christchurch attacks.

The Unity Ultra

The Unity Ultra by Bali Hope is the first of its kind in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Inspired to want to help after the devastating attack in Christchurch March 15, when Red Cross staff and volunteers helped in a variety of different ways, The Unity Ultra by Bali Hope has chosen us as the official charity partner.

As the primary provider of refugee resettlement in New Zealand, Red Cross helps refugee-background Kiwis by providing trained volunteers to offer close support during the first 6-12 months of resettlement, finding employment and delivering skills-based courses such as first aid, food safety, driving lessons and providing clinical and therapeutic support through our Refugee Trauma Recovery programme. We also run a programme called Restoring Family Links, where we help families in New Zealand locate news of missing loved ones overseas where the seperation was caused by war, armed conflict, disaster or migration.

Red Cross has a history of helping the Christchurch community, particularly after the major earthquakes that changed the lives of all Cantabrians. This year, Christchurch became a settlement location again for the first time since the 2011 earthquakes. The city has a proud history of providing a warm and friendly welcome to its newest residents.  

"We've been there for Christchurch residents for over 100 years before, during and after disasters... It’ll be an exciting new chapter to build on our existing support for the wider Canterbury community as we join them in welcoming the city’s new residents.” - Rachel O'Connor, Migration Programmes Manager said earlier this year.

The Unity Ultra marathon ends in Hagley Park Christchurch, a part of the city that has held memorials and other events to remember those who were lost in these shocking emergencies.

Friday 15 March was a dark day for New Zealand. Within hours of the attack, New Zealand Red Cross teams were in action.

Want to sign up to the challenge?

If you are a participant of The Unity Ultra, in just minutes you can build and customise your page, then start sharing the link with your friends, family and colleagues; to ask them to donate to your page. Every donation is then recorded on your fundraising page along with a message of support from your donors.

You can register for your personal fundraising page on Everydayhero. Runners commit to a $1,500 minimum target.

If you have any questions get in touch getfundraising@redcross.org.nz

Thank you for your support.