Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Christchurch Earthquake Fundraiser Swim to be held in Auckland

You have no doubt heard by now that the town of Christchurch, New Zealand has been destroyed in an earthquake that so far has killed 75 people with hundreds missing and thousands homeless.

This weekend was to be the Cosair Classic State Ocean Swim in Christchurch.  This event as now been cancelled in light of the natural disaster, but event organisers Quantum Events have taken on a great suggestion from a couple of competitors to do a fundraiser in Auckland this weekend.  Details below - it would be great if you could swim for the cause!  Here are the details direct from the team at Quantum.


What:  1km Ocean Swim
When: Sign-up from 7:30am with approximate start time of 8:00am this Saturday 26th February
Where: Gather at Milford Beach Reserve, Craig Road, Milford, Auckland. See map here
Who: Anyone who can competently swim 1km or wants to attend as a non-swimmer and donate funds
Cost:  Cash donations for the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal of any amount - please dig deep. NB: Cash donations only

In light of the recent tragic events in Christchurch, Quantum Events along with other key event managers, coaches and swimming enthusiasts have decided to do something special to help the people of Christchurch whilst doing something we all love - swimming.

Information you need to know before attending this event

  • The course will be patrolled by Surf Lifesaving New Zealand
  • You must bring and wear your own swim cap
  • You must be a competent swimmer and capable of swimming 1km
  • Without knowing final numbers until Saturday, start waves may be introduced and start times may vary slightly on the morning. Swimmer safety will be the priority. Please be understanding.
  • All swimmers will need to read and accept the events terms and conditions. You can read and sign this on the event morning between 7:30 - 8:00am

Thank you

A huge thank you to Simon Bucherer and Sarah Ley-Bucherer two of the State NZ Ocean Swim Series loyal swimmers for this wonderful idea to support the Canterbury Earthquake Appeal.

We acknowledge and thank Surf Lifesaving New Zealand for the their support of this event. They have agreed to patrol the event at no cost.

Special thanks to Haydn Woolley, Stephen Farrell, Shane Hooks, Total Sport and all organisations and individuals for forwarding this message to their respective clubs and databases.  Your support is gratefully appreciated.

Please help us to spread the word by forwarding this to friends and family

Background information

Statement issued by the State NZ Ocean Swim Series at 11.17am yesterday (Wed)

Given the tragic circumstances of the Christchurch earthquake the State Corsair Classic planned for this Saturday is now cancelled.  The City is in a state of emergency for the next five days and this is not the time to bring large numbers of people together in Christchurch as residents of the City go about securing their lives and property.

While this will undoubtedly cause some disruption to those entered in this year’s event, we have thoughts only at the moment for the people of Canterbury and wish to extend our sympathies to all who have lost loved ones or suffered damage to their homes, place of work or indeed lost their livelihoods as a consequence of the earthquake and the incredible damage caused.

Further information will be communicated directly to all entrants of the Corsair Classic on Tuesday 1st March, but for now please join us in sending our thoughts to all who have been affected by these tragic events.

Contact us

For all queries regarding this appeal contact Quantum Events Ltd between 9:00am - 4:30pm.

phone: 09 486 0240
cell: 021 082 888 58

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