Run72 is a community event aiming to raise funds and awareness for men’s mental health. During the event, University of Canterbury students and members of the Christchurch community take to the pavement, running around UC for 72 hours. ensuring that there is always at least one person running.

This extraordinary effort was designed to draw attention to the fact that men made up 72% of suicides in New Zealand. Since the start of Run72 in 2021, this statistic has risen to 76%, a clear sign that male suicide deserves more attention this year than ever before. This year, runners will be lapping the course from 4pm on Tuesday the 19th of September to 4pm on Friday the 22nd.

Funds raised at this year’s event will contribute to the Lads Without Labels Counselling Initiative which offers an alternative free counselling option initially available to UC students. Every $150 raised means one more student can sit down with a professional counsellor and get the help they desperately need.

For Run 72 - 2023, we want more people on the ground, we want more laps run, and we want to raise more awareness. Ultimately, we want, and New Zealand needs, that 72% statistic to lower drastically and Running 72 is our way of helping that happen, and we invite all the engagement and enthusiasm to join us in this ambition


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