achilles2Our Official Charity Partner is Achilles New Zealand, a 100% volunteer organisation.

Achilles change lives daily – enabling people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events to promote personal achievement.

Please help Cigna to support Achilles in breaking down barriers and improving the self-esteem of disabled athletes throughout New Zealand.

 

Fundraise for Achilles

By fundraising you help Achilles achieve its goal to raise $20,000 as the Official Charity of Cigna Round the Bays – enabling them to help New Zealanders will all types of disabilities lead active lives and experience satisfaction in accomplishing their goals.

Set up a simple fundraise page now

How will this help an Achilles athlete?

  • $150 will help get a push-rim wheelchair for an athlete to enable them to compete in a mainstream race event
  • $200 will go towards transporting an athlete and their gear to an event in New Zealand
  • $500 enables our chapters to grow in their community – engaging with more New Zealander’s with disabilities, getting them involved with Achilles to help them realise goals many thought unattainable.
  • $100 will help towards the entry fee to get an Achilles athlete to New York to complete the New York Marathon

You can automatically set up a fundraising page when you register for Cigna Round the Bays. If you wish to create a fundraising page after registering for the event, simply log in to your tiktok account here and click on ‘My Fundraising’ section.

Once set up you can share your fundraising page with family and friends to receive online donations in support of you and your efforts for Achilles New Zealand.

How can you help?

  • Get 5 friends to give just $10 each = $50
  • Get 5 friends to give just $20 each = $100
  • Get 10 friends to give just $25 each = $250

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the finish line!

 

Inspirational Athletes and Guides

cigna-round-the-bays-by-mifarr-photography-465Josh Thomas (far left) and Maree Carson (third form left) with Achilles NZ team members at Cigna Round the Bays 2016

 

Maree Carson – Achilles Athlete

Maree loves to run and although she has lost more than 95 percent of her vision, Maree wants to run faster still.

The 32-year-old Wellingtonian is a member of the Wellington chapter of Achilles NZ, the official charity of Cigna Round the Bays. Since joining Achilles, Maree says she “feels inspired” by the other disabled athletes she meets, a feeling that is shared by Josh Thomas – one of Maree’s guides.

Fresh from taking part in the 2016 New York Marathon with the Achilles NZ team, Maree and Josh are now training for the half-marathon at Cigna Round the Bays 2017.

Part of their preparation consists of the Achilles training runs held every second Sunday around the Wellington waterfront. Maree encourages anyone who’s thinking about joining to come along; “they’re a really great bunch of people and there’s always new guides joining us”.

 

Josh Thomas – Achilles Guide

Josh took up long-distance running in 2014 and first learned about Achilles from his mother after she heard a member speaking at a seminar. He got in touch with the charity and joined their training sessions as a guide for the disabled athletes.

Since joining Achilles, Josh has guided disabled athletes at multiple events, including the New York Marathon which he described as “one of the best experiences anyone can have”. He finds reward through helping others but is equally inspired seeing the Achilles members taking on challenges that are no easy feat for able-bodied athletes. “What they do is really incredible and very inspirational”.

Josh will be guiding Maree at the upcoming Cigna Round the Bays where they aim to beat Maree’s previous half-marathon time of 1hr 46mins.

 

To find out more about Achilles, their training sessions or becoming a guide, visit their website: http://www.achillesnewzealand.org/