AIA NZ and its employees will join Relief Run, a global initiative that seeks to aid the people of India, one of the countries hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. AIA’s New Zealand and Australia operations are working together and have raised $30,000 so far for the cause.
On June 09, the AIA NZ team will be run or walk a five-kilometre course around the Smales Farm precinct in Takapuna, Auckland. As the Relief Run is a virtual event, AIA is encouraging people from all over the world to participate.
“The scale of the tragedy in India is devastating, and we have family members, friends and colleagues directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis,” said Nick Stanhope, chief executive officer of AIA NZ. “I feel it’s important we join this movement, and take this small step to make a difference.”
All funds raised by Relief Run will be donated to World Vision’s COVID-19 India crisis appeal, which will procure vital equipment and supplies such as beds, oxygen concentrators, food vouchers and tents for temporary COVID-19 care centres.
One of Relief Run’s co-creators is endurance athlete and AIA Australia Vitality ambassador Samantha Gash. Last year, the run raised more than AU$1 million to support Australian bushfire relief efforts. In New Zealand, the Relief Run will be supported by AIA NZ Vitality ambassadors Dame Valerie Adams and Ian Jones.
“It’s great to be able to get involved in supporting my fellow AIA Vitality Ambassador Sam Gash, and the Relief Run,” said Jones. “I know the funds raised will have a big impact on the relief effort in India, and will undoubtedly save lives.”