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Running Events

Join our team and take part in the Auckland Marathon 2019! Whatever your level of fitness there is something for you.

You will be part of a team of runners and walkers, known as the Leprosy Mission Running 4 Rights team, who participate in the Auckland Marathon and events around New Zealand. Each year they raise awareness and project funding for people affected by leprosy.

Team participants include supporters, volunteers, Youth Advocate, Board members and staff who all have varying degrees of fitness from experienced marathon runners to casual walkers.

Everyone is welcome to join the team and get involved!

"I'm participating in Running 4 Rights to help those affected by leprosy - very simple really! This was the first time I did any form of running for over 8 years! So training and the running was a huge personal milestone and the motivation to help those less fortunate made sure I kept going with the training," says Odele Habets, Board member

"Having met people affected by leprosy who have had their lives change for the better because of the Leprosy Mission NZ gives me a strong assurance that Running 4 Rights is more than worth it!"  

The Leprosy Mission Running 4 Rights team have had huge success in the past.

Over the past few years we have raised over $90,000 for to cure, care for and restore people affected by leprosy. We would like to thank everyone who took part for their commitment to the Mission, and to every one of their supporters.

Information on registration for events here.

R4R Team member support

As a member of the Leprosy Mission's Running 4 Rights Team you will receive:

  • A Running 4 Rights t-shirt
  • Help getting sponsorship (via Everyday Hero*)
  • Support on the event day
  • The wonderful feeling of satisfaction having raised awareness and project funding for individuals and families affected by leprosy!

*When setting up a page on Everyday Hero you will be prompted to select a charity. Please select 'Leprosy Mission New Zealand' and we will automatically receive funds raised.

Youth Advocate Scholarships

If you are under 24 years old, you can combine your participation in the Leprosy Mission Running 4 Rights Team with your application for the Youth Advocate Scholarship to Nepal. Find out more.

"Running 4 Rights is a really cool experience... to get out there, do some exercise and actually make an impact on the people around the world we live in. By raising money we can make a difference in the world." - Stefan van Woerden, Youth Advocate

"If people knew about this cause it would be pretty easy to get behind it and running is a great way to fundraise and get into it at the same time... People who know and really believe in what you are doing love to support you." - Miriam Whitton, Youth Advocate

Are you a member of a running or walking group?

Gillian would be keen to hear from you and partner with your group for an event or activity.


Here are links to run/walk events in New Zealand in 2018:

Get Involved

  • Sign up for latest updates

  • World Leprosy Day

    World Leprosy Day

    World Leprosy Day is observed internationally every year on the last Sunday of January to raise public awareness of leprosy.
  • Youth Advocate Scholarship

    Youth Advocate Scholarship

    Each year, we choose a group of enthusiastic young people to become advocates for the vital work we do with leprosy-affected individuals and their families.
  • Join our running team

    Join our running team

    Become a member of the Leprosy Mission's Running 4 Rights team and help transform lives of people affected by leprosy!
  • Supporter Tour

    Supporter Tour

    Join the Leprosy Mission supporter tour, come and see for yourself how people are cured and lives are changed.
  • Volunteer with us

    Volunteer with us

    Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated at The Leprosy Mission.
  • Prayer Support

    Prayer Support

    The founder of the Leprosy Mission, Wellesley Bailey, spoke of the organisation as being 'born and cradled in prayer'. We believe this statement still holds true.
  • Moneybox


    Moneyboxes are for everyone! You can have a moneybox at home, or take one to your school, church or workplace.
  • Employment


    As long as leprosy afflicts individuals and communities, we are committed to doing all we can to break its power and impact.