Virtual run raises finds for youth

Event supports community organisations





Ka¯piti Run for Youth went virtual for the second time this year after Covid-19 disrupted plans for a normal event. However, this has not stopped the event raising over $21,000* for Ka¯ piti youth. “When the Government announcement back in February the move to phase 3 of the red traffic light system in the fight against Omicron we knew we had to take the event virtual like we did in 2020,” Web Genius founder Richard Calkin said. “This time we had more lead time to communicate and get everyone activated. The best thing was, we raised $21,626.90* for rangatahi youth in Ka¯piti.” Campaign manager Helene Judge said, “Planning behind the scenes was quickly adjusted as we could feel the motivation and hear the need of charitable groups. “We knew going virtual would be an opportunity to be inclusive so the vaccinated and those who were not, could get out on the beach course with whom they chose. “We installed large photo boards at Maclean Park at Paraparaumu Beach in the Dell opposite Cafe´ Lane so individuals and groups could capture their walk or run to Raumati Beach and back, and then post to our Facebook page. “The response was awesome and truly satisfying.” Web Genius chief executive Steve Jandrell is well-aware of what goes on behind the scenes with a significant amount of mahi involving Web Genius staff and others to make this event basis. “Web Genius feels very proud of what this event is achieving in our community for young people and it’s with genuine pride that I thank everyone participating or organising for their work in raising a significant amount of money in challenging financial times for such an important cause.” “Significant funds were raised from local and very kind businesses in this campaign.” In total, 67 businesses supported happen on an annual the event raising $17,050 through platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsorships. This year the money went to 12 fundraising partners: Challenge for Change Ka¯piti, Ka¯piti Basketball Association, Ka¯piti College, Ka¯piti Kindness Trust, Ka¯piti Youth Support, No 49 Squadron Air Cadets Ka¯piti, O¯taki College, Paraparaumu College, The Shed Project Ka¯piti, Whirlwind Ka¯piti, Work Ready Ka¯piti and ZEAL Ka¯piti. Next year’s event will take place on Sunday, March 26. *The Ka¯piti Run for Youth fundraising model works on retaining 30 per cent of the total raised to cover event-related expenses leaving $15,138.83 given to these organisations so they can make a positive impact by doing good in the community for youth.