Run or walk for your favourite cause and help raise much needed funds!

Below are our charity partners for the 2020 Rotorua Marathon, who will be building a team of fundraising runners. If you would like to ‘Race for Good’ for them please select your preferred charity in registration and they will be in touch.

Rotorua Marathon have partnered with Everyday Hero so that we can now offer you the opportunity to fundraise for the charity that YOU care about the most! With Everyday Hero you can build your own fundraising page in a few easy steps. 

Alternatively, Click here to go the Rotorua Marathon Everyday Hero fundraising page, nominate your favourite cause and build your own fundraising page in a few easy steps! 


New Zealand Red Cross
Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilising the power of humanity and enhancing community resilience. Your support is a sign of hope. You'll help to meet immediate and longer term needs, whether it’s by providing relief to communities affected by disaster, sending international delegates overseas to assist those made vulnerable by conflict, or helping refugee families resettle in New Zealand. Working behind the scenes and in plain sight, everywhere, every day, New Zealand Red Cross is doing good. Wherever you are, we're right there too, helping people in vulnerable situations. You can join us and do good too by fundraising to ensure we're ready to respond to people in need.

Child Cancer Foundation
Child Cancer Foundation is there for Kiwi kids with cancer and the people who love them, providing practical and emotional support throughout their child’s cancer. Our support ensures children can always access treatment, that the wellbeing of the child and family is protected and that families stay connected throughout the disruption to family life a child cancer diagnosis brings. We make sure every family receives the same support across New Zealand, regardless of who they are and where they come from. 


Mental Health Foundation NZ
Get your sweat on and raise funds for mental health at the Rotorua Marathon 2020! Get your mates together and join our team to show your support and aroha for Kiwis living with mental health problems right now. With nearly half of us experiencing a mental health problem in our lifetimes, every dollar raised helps us boost the wellbeing of people across Aoteroa and makes sure no one has to face tough times alone. Find out more at  

Achilles International New Zealand
Achilles International New Zealand provides New Zealanders with disabilities the opportunity to participate alongside able-bodied athletes in local mainstream events like Cigna Round the Bays, Taupo Half Marathon, the Rotorua, Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington Marathons (and more), as well as the high-profile international New York Marathon.

MND New Zealand 

MND New Zealand works with people living with motor neurone disease to enable them to have the best quality of life possible. Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is the name of a group of diseases that cause the death of the nerve cells (neurones) that control the muscles that enable us to move, speak, swallow and breathe. New Zealand has the highest known rate of MND in the world.

All over New Zealand, our support team members help people with MND access the right health services at the right time, provide up-to-date information, and offer both practical and emotional support. 

Become a fundraiser and save lives with every step!

Our aim is to raise $6,000 for animals that desperately need our help throughout New Zealand. SPCA fundraisers are a valued part of Team SPCA and receive on-going support from our dedicated fundraising team throughout their journey.

Your support will help us

  • $30 = Vaccinate a rabbit
  • $50 = Microchip a dog
  • $65 = Vaccinate a cat
  • $105 = Attend an inspector callout
  • $210 = Give a puppy a warm bed for 1 week

For any questions about how to fundraise email

Rotorua Community Hospice
You can support Rotorua Community Hospice!

You will help provide 24/7 care and support in the Rotorua community for anyone with a life limiting illness e.g. heart failure, motor neuron disease or cancer. We care for whānau and friends as well, both before and after death. Last year we made over 11,000 visits to patients and saw on average 115 patients per month.

Our goal is to help people make the most of their lives; to live every moment in whatever way is important to them. Run the marathon to live your every moment and support others to do the same!

Email Nicola at if you have any questions.

Lifeline Aotearoa
Lifeline Aotearoa has been helping New Zealanders in crisis for over 50 years and our mission is to reduce distress and save lives.

Our free community helplines, 0800 LIFELINE, Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 TAUTOKO, 0800 KIDSLINE and our text support service HELP (4357) are answered by qualified counsellors and trained volunteers 24/7.

We receive over 10,000 calls a month from people who are struggling with a wide range of issues including relationship and work problems, mental health, grief, abuse, bullying and loneliness. We help an average of 10 people a day at high risk of suicide.

We receive no government funding for these helplines and rely on public support like yours, so please do consider to ‘Race for Good’ for Lifeline.

Arthritis NZ

670,000 New Zealanders currently have a diagnosis of arthritis. For many pain management is front of mind. Arthritis NZ is the national charity with the vision of ‘improving the life of every person affected by arthritis’ and we see ourselves as the go to organisation for advice and support on managing arthritis. Keeping joints mobile is imperative and while for some a marathon may seem a dream, for others it’s the gentle challenge to work towards. Most of us will have someone in our family or wider network who has arthritis. Perhaps you could participate in this amazing event and raise funds to support our work. We can provide you with an orange running/training shirt.

Diabetes New Zealand

It's time to turn the tide against diabetes!

Diabetes New Zealand is a charity who not only support and advocate for the staggering 257,000 adults and children currently living with diabetes across New Zealand, they also want to fight to ensure that diabetes claims no more victories in those who could have prevented it.

Your participation in the Rotorua Marathon means that those that need support and encouragement with managing this disease will receive it.

And because of you, even more Kiwis will hear our message about the warning signs of diabetes and most importantly, how to do something about their own health …today!

Dance & Arts Therapy NZ

Dance & Arts Therapy NZ is all about ‘moving creatively together’. Our kaupapa is to empower and support vulnerable communities in Aotearoa through dance movement and arts therapy. We focus particularly on ngā tangata with special needs and disabilities, at-risk tamariki from disadvantaged backgrounds and those struggling with sexual abuse-related trauma.

Your support will help to put paints and pastels in the hands of at-risk children; you’ll make it possible for children with Autism to be themselves without fear of judgement; and you’ll help to create a safe environment for adults with disabilities to feel valued as they are. 

The Neonatal Trust
The Neonatal Trust exists to support families going through the stress and anxiety of a neonatal journey, and to support the enhanced care of their premature and/or sick full-term babies.
Our core objectives centre around this:
 • Support neonatal families through the stress and anxiety of their journey
 • Support neonatal research to increase understanding and enhance outcomes
 • Support neonatal units and their staff so babies receive the best care possible
The support we provide and enable comes in many shapes and forms, all aimed at making a difficult start to life a little bit easier.

  New Zealand Riding for the Disabled

Our vision is to Reach More Riders and Change More Lives. Participation in our goal-based activities increases the ability, independence and self-worth of children and adults with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges.

We have 55 groups throughout New Zealand. We provide safe, healthy, stimulating, recreational and therapeutic horse riding and horse-related activities.
We assist over 3,000 riders and provide over 60,000 rides each year.

Please feel free to contact us with questions - email or visit

Run or walk for us – you’ll be making a valuable contribution to positive outcomes for children and adults with disabilities.

World Stroke Campaign - #DontBeTheOneNZ

1 in 4 people will experience a stroke in their lifetime even though up to 90% of strokes are preventable. To help Kiwi’s prevent strokes and other cardiovascular diseases, support the World Stroke Campaign #DontBeTheOneNZ to help people live a healthier and more active life to reduce their risk of stroke.

  Gut Cancer Foundation
Each year, gut cancers kill more New Zealanders than prostate and breast cancer combined. 

Join our ‘LoveYerGuts’ team for the 2020 Rotorua Marathon and raise vital funds for innovative research and clinical trials to improve the survival rates and quality of life for gut cancer patients.

Regular exercise has been proven to reduce your risk of developing a gut cancer so your marathon effort will not only support the 14 Kiwis a day who are diagnosed with a gut cancer but also raise awareness and promote healthy living.

Sign up today to help kick cancer in the guts!  Any questions, contact or visit our website


Rotorua Marathon Partners