Take a journey to support Red Cross

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Take up the challenge to walk in someone else’s footsteps, as part of the new fundraising event for Red Cross – Red Cross Journey. 

Red Cross Disaster Welfare and Support Dunedin team member Kath Cosgrove has to keep fit and active so she’s ready to respond to emergencies. By taking part in Red Cross Journey, participants will cover the same distance as DWST members like Kath as they train for and respond to disasters.

Go a set distance over one month and learn what it’s like to flee a country to reach safety, or what Disaster Welfare and Support Team volunteers do in an emergency in New Zealand.
The fundraiser is also a great way to get fit heading into winter, while raising some money to support the work Red Cross does to help vulnerable people .

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 and Support Team member deployed during an emergency in our own backyard.
Go the distance they’ve walked, in your own time, between May 8 and June 8 2017 and fundraise to support the work Red Cross does in your own community and around the world.

How does it work?
This month, Red Cross’ new online platform will be live so you can register and join in the fun. On the platform, you can 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 more thanover 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 and& 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 May 8, every step you take during a normal day can be counted towards your target. An easy way to measure yourthe stepsyou’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.

You can choose to walk or run; or any sport that involves stepping can be included in the journey, for example, rugby,or football, or netball or dance etc.


Jeremy and Rivi Maling head out for a run in anticipation of going the same distance as a former refugee family for the Red Cross Journey.

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 Waikato, around New Zealand and overseas. When supporters like you join Red Cross Journey to raise money, you help Red Cross respond immediately after a disaster like the Havelock North gastro outbreak or the recent earthquakes 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 redcross.org.nz  for more insights and stories of the good work Red Cross does. To get involved in Red Cross Journey, like the Red Cross Facebook page or visit redcross.org.nz/red-cross-journey

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