Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nick Willis launches fundraising event to assist Christchurch earthquake victims

Athletics New Zealand and the New Zealand Olympic Committee express their deepest sympathy for those affected by the Christchurch earthquake and, in particular, Olympic and Commonwealth Games athletes and others from the Athletics community in the Canterbury region.

Following the indefinite postponement of the International Track Meet in Wellington, Beijing Olympic 1500m medallist Nick Willis can confirm plans are underway to stage a fundraising track meet in Wellington for the people of Christchurch. The fundraising event will feature a number of top international athletes and will take place at Newtown Park on this Saturday, 26 February. The meet is being organised in conjunction with members of the Wellington Olympic and Athletics communities.

Willis will also be presented with his Olympic silver medal at the fundraising meet. Members of the Wellington public will be encouraged to attend this unique event and make donations to those affected by the earthquake via the Salvation Army’s earthquake appeal.

It is expected the medal presentation will take place at approximately 5.00pm followed by the fundraising races. The timing, programme and start lists are yet to be confirmed. Additional details will be forthcoming.

The Salvation Army’s earthquake fund details can be found at