Red Cross Journey

Join our new fundraising event – Red Cross Journey. Go a set distance over one month and learn what it’s like to flee a country to reach safety or what our Disaster Welfare & Support Team volunteers do in an emergency in New Zealand. Get fit as we head into winter and raise some money to support the work Red Cross does to help vulnerable people everywhere.

Join a journey

Take a walk in their shoes – follow the incredible journey of a former refugee now living in New Zealand or see what’s like to be a Disaster Welfare & Support Team member deployed during an emergency in our own backyard.

Go the distance they’ve walked, in your own time, between 8 May and 8 June 2017 and fundraise to support the work Red Cross does in your own community and around the world.

How does it work?

Watch this space! In April, our new online platform will be live so you can register and join in the fun. On the platform, you will choose one of two journeys to follow:

  1. Take on the challenge of going the same distance as a former refugee family walked to safety across dangerous terrain. This journey will be over a thousand kilometres so you may want to form a team – ideal for corporates, schools, families, friends, flatmates.
  2. Or travel the same distance as a Disaster Welfare & Support Team volunteer as she trains and attends disasters around New Zealand. This journey will be based on the 10,000 steps a day health message, so you can challenge yourself to achieve it on your own - or take a more social approach and make up a team.

Then, from 8 May, every step you take during a normal day can be counted towards your target. An easy way to measure the steps you’ve done is to download a free step counter onto your smartphone. If you’ve got Strava or MapMyFitness then it’s even easier! Those apps will feed your steps directly to your online page on the Red Cross Journey platform. If you don’t have a smartphone, just calculate the distance you’re walking each day/week and enter this onto your page.

Once you’ve joined up and are on the move, you’ll receive updates when you reach each milestone, revealing the next stage of your journey. The more you walk, the more you’ll learn about the real journey of the person you’ve chosen to follow.

Fundraise for Red Cross

Red Cross Journey is not only a great way to challenge yourself and your friends to get active for a month, it’s also a peer-to-peer fundraising event. When you register for Red Cross Journey through the online platform, you’ll create your own fundraising page. You will have a unique URL (web address) which you will be able to share with your own networks – friends, family, colleagues, flatmates, neighbours… everyone! – and ask them for donations.

The more money you raise, the more you help Red Cross support people in need in New Zealand and overseas. When supporters like you join Red Cross Journey to raise money, you help us respond immediately after a disaster like the Havelock North gastro outbreak or the recent quakes in Kaikoura and Marlborough, run community development programmes throughout New Zealand, support former refugees, transport people to their medical appointments, teach life-saving skills to children, deliver Meals on Wheels, support people in need overseas and so much more! Have a look around this website for more insights and stories of the good work we do. We rely on the generosity of people like you and your friends and family to fund most of our programmes.


Red Cross is for everyone. We help everyone and everyone can join the Red Cross family to help others. So we also want Red Cross Journey to be accessible to everyone. For people less able to walk or run, you can do the distance in the usual way you get around (apart from driving). Please contact us at for more information.


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