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Wellington Airport runway walk raises funds for Cystic Fibrosis

Wellington Airport staff have united in a month-long Step Challenge and donated $5000 to Cystic Fibrosis Wellington.

The challenge was capped off today by a walk of the 1800 metre-long runway to round off more than 7000 kilometres walked by the team.

“After a hard year of COVID-19 challenges, it’s been great seeing staff reconnect, have fun and get out and about in support of a great cause” says Jackie Holley, Wellington Airport general manager people and culture.

“The goal was to collectively walk the equivalent of 4000 lengths of the runway or more than 7000 kilometres, with 50 staff taking part. Each participant targeted an average of 10,000 steps per day using the Stridekick app to keep count.

“Collectively the team has smashed its target by walking 5175 lengths of the runway, a total of 14,785,108 steps. The leader has walked a whopping one million steps in the month – the equivalent of 350 runway lengths.

“The last year has been a difficult one for Cystic Fibrosis NZ, as the COVID-19 pandemic is particularly frightening and stressful for those with chronic respiratory illnesses. In addition, it has been a challenging year for fundraising with reduced events and limited sponsorship opportunities.

“Wellington Airport has a long relationship with Cystic Fibrosis Wellington who we work with annually on our joint Christmas Tree Festival in the airport terminal. We have loved being able to support them further while also supporting a fun wellbeing initiative.”

“We are extremely grateful for the wonderful support received by Wellington Airport," says Michelle Wilson from Cystic Fibrosis Wellington.

"Hosting our annual Christmas Tree festival in the terminal has not only allowed us to raise much needed funds, but also awareness of this debilitating disease. We’ve had a wonderful relationship over many years and this additional funding is a welcome boost after what’s been a very difficult year”.

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