NZ – RRT Supports Santa Run throughout New Zealand

The KidsCan Santa Run is an annual event to raise funds for the KidsCan Trust, who have been helping disadvantaged Kiwi kids since 2005.  Each participant pays an entry fee and gets a Santa suit to join in a 2-3km fun run/walk.  KidsCan supports more than 140 000 children in New Zealand that live in hardship, by providing everything from basic necessities of life to programs in schools. This year’s Santa Run was the 8th annual event, and the Rapid Relief Team were glad to assist at 16 of the 19 centres that it was held in across New Zealand.

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RRT setting up in Dunedin to serve the hungry Santas

In Dunedin, the RRT set up at John Wilson Ocean Drive at 6pm on Wednesday 7th December.  By 6:30pm 110 Santas of all ages and 3 of Santa’s dogs were ready to run down the road to Lawyer’s Head and back again.  Then with a collective “Ho Ho Ho!” they were off!

The weather was grey and cool, but the rain held off, and as David Crewe from the Brighton Sea Scouts (who were running the event for KidsCan,) pointed out, it was better than having overheated Santas nearly fainting like last year!   Their run over, the Santas descended on the RRT tent for barbecued sausages which went down a treat, many returning for seconds or thirds – one hungry boy devoured about 7 or 8!


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Hungry Santas queue up for a sausage.

Soon the last of the Santas had headed home to rest their weary legs, and the Brighton Sea Scouts could pack up and pick up one last sausage before heading home themselves, pleased with another successful event.  RRT Dunedin are already looking forward to helping out next year!

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Cold weather didn’t deter the enthusiasm in Invercargill

Meanwhile further south the cold and damp day didn’t deter participants in Invercargill. A wide range of people came to support the KidsCan charity and RRT were there to serve hot sausages, hot drinks and water to the runners and event staff. After the event, hot chocolates were on the menu, and were very successful in warming the bellies and spirits of some of the youngest participants!

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Hot chocolates on the menu were a hit!

At the northern end of the country, Wellsford RRT also enjoyed the opportunity to help out at the Albany Santa Race, cooking sausages in bread, with bread freely provided by Countdown! The Rapid Relief Team was very grateful for their generosity.

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The day was much warmer in Albany, north of Auckland!

These are just recounts from a few of the locations – there are many many more. Overall RRT was very grateful to help this initiative and we look forward to repeating the effort next year.

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BBQ lunches were on the menu for hundreds of New Zealanders on the 7th of December, like these ones at Wanganui

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the Wanganui race