New Zealand Red Cross is part of the largest humanitarian network in the world. There are more than 11,000 Red Cross members and 400 staff across New Zealand working together to improve the lives of vulnerable people- whether they live across the street or on the other side of the world.

Resilience was conceived as a means of raising much-needed funds for New Zealand Red Cross, with all proceeds from the event going towards their programmes both here in New Zealand and overseas.

New Zealand Red Cross' mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity and enhancing community resilience.

The West Coast is particularly vulnerable to natural disaster emergency events. The West Coast Civil Defence Emergency Management Group wrote an executive summary in 2017 that said, 'West Coast communities and their related economies will have to deal with sever naturally occurring disasters whose unpredictability requires a need for resilience.'

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The International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement defines resilience as, "the ability of individuals, communities, organisations or countries exposed to disasters, crises and underlying vulnerabilities to anticipate, prepare for, reduce the impact of, cope with and recover from the effects of shocks and stresses without compromising their long-term prospects."

It was obvious that holding this ultramarathon event in Reefton would not only bring athletes to a stunning new course in this region, but also tourism to a remote town who are vulnerable geographically. New Zealand Red Cross has a long-standing history of responding to emergency events in this region- including the Pike River Mine Disaster.

As a not-for-profit event, we have tried to keep costs down to raise more funds for people in need. But as you are probably aware, running events are costly to organise! From infrastructure and staffing to marketing and participant experience, holding an event of this calibre is a big undertaking. You can help us to support people in need by making a tax- deductible one-off donation when you register for Resilience. 

You can read more about how Red Cross teams have responded to emergency events in this region including the Franz Joseph floods and Pike River Mine Disaster on the New Zealand Red Cross website.

Disaster Response Teams – Find Out More here.

Thank you for supporting this event. With your help, we can make a real difference to people in their hour of need. Your support is essential for New Zealand Red Cross to be able to continue to provide support to vulnerable people and communities.