The Golden Charity Programme is now closed for 2014. Entries for the 2015 Programme will open on November 2nd 2014.
All of the charities below have Golden Entries in this year’s race. Click on any of the listings and find out more about the charity, the work they do and how they support their runners throughout their training and on race day.
Make A Wish
Make-A-Wish New Zealand ® grants the special wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to bring them hope, strength and joy at a very difficult time in their lives. Make-A-Wish is dedicated to making every eligible child’s wish come true. Support us and Share the Power of a Wish ®.
Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand
Each day in New Zealand 8 men are diagnosed and 2 men die from prostate cancer. It is the number 1 cancer in New Zealand men – 1 in 10 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime! Run for Prostate and help save the lives of our brothers, husbands, sons and granddads. The Prostate Cancer Foundation depends solely on the generosity of NZers for its funding –
there is none from the government.
Auckland City Mission
Since its foundation in 1920 The Auckland City Mission has been dedicated to accepting and assisting anyone in desperate need. When there’s no one else to turn to, we’ll help immediately. The Mission offers hope to individuals and families who may be experiencing a temporary setback or a long-term problem that needs expert attention. Do you want to help Aucklanders in desperate need, with nowhere else to turn? The Auckland City Mission is looking for motivated and passionate people to join our team of charity runners in the 2014 Auckland Marathon.
We are working to stop premature deaths from heart disease through funding vital research, promoting heart healthy lifestyles and advancing cardiac care. We're determined to stop the insidious creep of the disease that shuts down more lives of New Zealanders than any other. Disease that chokes the heart and cuts short too many stories before they're told. We know a lot about how to fight this killer but we cannot do it alone. We need your help. Sign up as a Heart Racer and help us fight heart disease.
Oxfam New Zealand is a development charity, affiliated to Oxfam International, committed to working with local communities to achieve real and lasting change that will result in better lives for people living in poverty. This is your personal challenge. We’ll help you succeed. We’ve learned a thing or two from Oxfam Trailwalker and our past Auckland Marathon runners. And now, we’re here to help you. Running for Oxfam you’ll have access to our knowledge and experience supporting people to raise funds through life-changing participation events.
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation focusing on children and child rights, with a presence in more than 190 countries and territories. We work with local communities, partners and governments to ensure every child’s rights to survive and thrive are upheld. Do you have what it takes to run for children? If so, we want you on our team! UNICEF New Zealand needs passionate and motivated people to represent us in the 2014 Auckland Marathon – does this sound like you?
Blind Foundation is proud to be associated with the 2014 auckland marathon. Every day, an average of three New Zealanders register with us for support with sight loss and right now there is a 12 month waiting list for a guide dog. Running in our auckland marathon team is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference. We receive no government funding for guide dogs, so with your help we can breed and train more guide dogs and help give independence to Kiwis who are blind or have low vision.
Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand
Every 4 hours a New Zealander is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood condition. Just think - in the average 4.5 hours it takes to complete a full marathon one more Kiwi will have been told they have a blood cancer.
Youthline is very excited to be playing a part in the 2014 Auckland Marathon. Being a youth development organisation, Youthline provides a range of community and people development services. This includes the first point of contact and crisis support for young people to access help, youth and family specialist services, early intervention, a school, family and individual counselling, youth leadership initiatives, community centres and research projects. Choose to run for Youthline and you will be supporting Kiwi youth by helping to raise essential funds for the flagship counselling helpline service.
Cystic Fibrosis NZ Breath4CF
The Cystic Fibrosis Association of New Zealand has been helping young people with CF and their families, since 1968. Back then kids only lived to 5 years old, but today, with better treatment and early intervention, the median survival age is in the mid 30s. But this still is not good enough. We are working to optimise quality and length of life through support, education and financial assistance. By raising money for us, you will be quite literally ‘buying birthdays’ for young people with cystic fibrosis who struggle for breath each and every day.
The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
Nearly half of all New Zealanders will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives, so chances are you – or someone you care about – could be affected. The Mental Health Foundation is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing. There are lots of things we can all do to support and improve our mental health, and being active is one of them! Please sign up to be a MHF Golden Runner and help us make mental health
New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit, non-government-funded charitable trust and is totally reliant on grants and donations. It is the country’s foremost breast cancer education and awareness organisation. Seven women a day are diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand. The NZBCF is committed to preventing New Zealanders developing and dying from breast cancer but we need your support. By choosing to join our Pink Ribbon Active Team YOU can make a difference.
The Starship Foundation is a social-profit organisation that raises funds so Starship Children's Health can better care for its young patients. Donations are an extra to Government funding and provide a variety of initiatives such as building refurbishments, new technology, vital research, boosted family support, preventative programmes and staff training. Each stride you take in the Auckland Marathon on Sunday 2 November 2014 could help transform the lives of children at Starship.
Kiwis for Kiwi
It’s our vision to take kiwi from endangered to everywhere. Kiwis for kiwi is a call to action – because we can’t imagine New Zealand without kiwi. Our number one priority is to raise more money to support on-the-ground kiwi conservation projects and we’re appealing to you to run for us to help achieve that goal.
Step out for Cancer. 60 New Zealanders a day are diagnosed with cancer. Your support will help build a cancer free future. Every day of the week people just like you are fundraising for the Cancer Society Auckland in wacky and wonderful ways. They are climbing mountains, giving up chocolate, shaving their heads, baking cakes and taking up dares. You too can make a stand against cancer and become a community champion by running the Auckland Marathon for us in 2014.
Ronald McDonald House Auckland
Ronald McDonald House Auckland (RMHA) provides free accommodation and support to Kiwi families whose children have been admitted to the National Children’s Hospital. Our families draw strength from living amongst families who are in similar situations. So please help us support our families and run for us this year.
Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa
Every year bowel cancer takes as many Kiwi lives as breast and prostate cancer combined and four times as many lives as the national road toll. What a tragedy when bowel cancer is one of the most treatable & beatable cancers if caught early. We are a patient and family led organisation that aims to reduce the impact of bowel cancer on our communities by supporting bowel education, awareness and support activities and initiatives.
Look Good Feel Better
Look Good Feel Better is a free service offered to women undergoing treatment for cancer. We help restore and enhance the appearance of cancer patients during and after treatment. We aim to put a smile on the face of every woman with cancer. Please run for us in the Auckland marathon and help us do that.
Sir Ed Hillary once famously said, "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." Follow in Ed's footsteps and support the trust he set up more than fifty years ago the Himalayan Trust. Take on this personal challenge and change lives. Try your hardest, have fun, and feel good; this was Ed's approach. Sign up now.
New Zealand Gynaecological Cancer Foundation
Three women are diagnosed and one woman dies from a gynaecological cancer every day
in NZ. We are on a mission to change these outcomes by increasing awareness of the
symptoms of these cancers - ovarian, endometrial, cervical, vulval and vaginal.
Please help us raise funds and grow our community and clinical education programmes.
Get Going for Gynae!
Foundation for Youth Development
We aim to inspire all school age New Zealand children to reach their full potential through programmes that help build self-esteem, promote good values and which teach valuable life, education and health skills. Our programmes help young people discover possibility – creating a youth population with a positive outlook and eyes open to the future.
StarJam gives young people with disabilities the chance to experience the buzz and thrill of performing and coming together through the common love of music and dance. Whether they sing, play an instrument or dance, they can do anything that showcases their amazing talents.
Our Jammers all say StarJam changes their lives!
World Vision NZ
World Vision New Zealand has been changing lives of children and their families living in extreme poverty overseas for over forty years. With the support of Kiwis, we have been giving emergency relief and transforming communities in need through improved schooling, healthcare, water supplies and agriculture. You can be part of this! Challenge yourself and change children’s lives this year by becoming part of Team World Vision today.
CanTeen is the only New Zealand organisation dedicated to supporting young people aged 13 - 24 living with cancer as a patient, sibling or bereaved sibling. And we do not receive any direct government support. Your fundraising efforts will ensure we can keep providing the services we do to over 1500+ members of CanTeen.
New Zealand AIDS Foundation
The NZ AIDS Foundation (NZAF) is the organisation trusted with managing HIV/AIDS in NZ. We take positive action by preventing transmission, providing support for people living with HIV, their whānau and families and by being an advocate for the eradication of stigma, prejudice and isolation experienced by those impacted by HIV.
530,000 New Zealanders, including 1,000 children, need awareness raised of the impact that this condition (all 140 different types) has on their lives. So if you're thinking of taking on a personal challenge this year, why not fundraise for Arthritis New Zealand at the same time, and provide support to those in need.
Joining Team SPCA Auckland means that whenever an animal is found, surrendered or seized, you’ll be taking action. Each year we help more than 15,000 sick, injured and abandoned animals. With no funding from the Government we rely on people like you to help us protect Auckland’s animals