The Great Barrier 100km Challenge - let's make a splash and support St John this March!

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Make a Splash of Support - help St John keep doing the great work they do to help New Zealand communities.


A team of five philanthropic individuals tackling open water on 23 March 2021 (weather/lockdown dependent) to raise money for St John. The group's ultimate goal is to raise funds for St John to put towards two new First Responder Units with 4MOTION all-wheel drive. This means life saving services will become more accessible in rural communities and harder to reach remote locations.

The Volkswagen First Response Unit is based on the transporter platform and is a fit for purpose European built emergency responder. The high level of safety, fit for the operational environment and clinical hygiene solutions provide St John New Zealand with a world class unit to help kiwis. Volkswagen New Zealand are proud to support

Make a Splash of support the Great Barrier 100km Challenge. All funds raised will go to St John and help them to continue delivering the vital health services they provide for all New Zealanders.

St John with the safety and care needed for staff and patients. The support we get from people like you will go a long way. St John is a charity that relies on the generosity of the public to support the continuation of the essential and significant work it does for all New Zealand communities

If you or your business are interested in further sponsoring this event, please contact: for further information on available package options.

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About us

Regionally we have 5,600 paid and volunteer members delivering emergency ambulance services, first aid training, events first aid, Caring Caller, Friends of the Emergency, free health shuttles and our St John Safe Kids programme.

Use of funds

St. John will use these donations toward new First Responder vans with 4MOTION all-wheel drive. This means life saving services will become more accessible in rural communities and harder to reach remote locations.

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Latest update

The date has now been set!!   20 March 2021

On Tuesday 23 March, the quintet will be leaving Tryphena, in Great Barrier Island, at about 11am to swim all the way to Takapuna Beach. The team anticipate that it will take around 24 hours to complete the challenge. They will act as a relay team, swapping in for one another at different times of the swim and through the night.

With only a few days left until kick off, Rick Wells who is leading the swimmers, says he is looking forward to the mental and physical challenge of swimming from Great Barrier Island to Takapuna. Check their performance and watch the live event on the link upload in their Facebook page

The swimmers and St John are feeling so much love for the Team and their challenge with the current total amount raised sitting at $238,799 👌 This is made up of Give a Little page donations and the balance from sponsorship and direct donations.

Remember every cent raised goes towards purchasing the Volkswagen First Response Units so please do what you can! Please keep supporting the Team by spreading the word to all your contacts!

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Alison Adams
Alison Adams on 23 Jun 2021
On behalf of Alison Adams
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 19 Jun 2021
Mark Cross
Mark Cross on 05 May 2021
Super impressive achievement for a great charity.
Jerry on 30 Apr 2021
Onya Mitch. I meant to do this prior to the swim but now it’s because I feel sorry for you!!🤓👍
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 24 Apr 2021
Amazing cause and outstanding achievement by you and your crew Dave

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