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Santas Run for Charity... Again

10 January 2013
Steve Dickens

WhereScape had a strong contingent entered in this years “The Great New Zealand Santa Run”, which we ran for the first time last year to raise money for the KidsCan charity.

The KidsCan charity is a fantastic charity that supports disadvantaged Kiwi children.  With at least one in six New Zealand children living in poverty, this was a cause we wanted to raise money for.  KidsCan helps by providing food, school shoes, rain coats and other items to children in lower socio economic areas.  KidsCan assists children in schools where the needs are most acute and provides them with resources to overcome the physical obstacles to education.

The event itself takes place in 6 locations across New Zealand and we entered the Auckland one, which consisted of a very short, 3km in length, completely flat course in the Viaduct Harbour.  Luckily it wasn't as hot as last year but the supplied Santa suits were still really hot and itchy with a beard that was very hard to breathe through!

Last year there were 850 Santas taking part nationally, but this year the numbers were up to over 1,500.  People dining in the Viaduct still didn't quite know what was happening as we all ran past.

As you can see below, there are plenty of Santas to go round and also the WhereScape Santa team (plus two elf reindeer).

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"Was the famous WhereScape Chicken running again?” I hear you ask.  Well, no chicken this year unfortunately as Michael Whitehead (WhereScape CEO and Co-Founder) couldn't make the event.  Hopefully the WhereScape “Chicken Man” will be running next year.   Of course there were some Santas who made it to the post event refreshments below.

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A special mention to one Santa in particular who ended up in hospital the next day after getting some Santa beard fluff in his eye…….seriously!

Well done all who turned up and finished this tough event.

See you there next year.


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