top of page

Southern Cross Round the Bays is much more than just a fun day out. With three charity partners, it's also a chance to give back to your community by raising funds and awareness for local causes that need our support. 


Every year, Round the Bays Wellington partners with a local charity, and for every adult registration, $1 is donated to that charity. This year, we are giving you some choice. Instead of just one charity partner, we are thrilled to introduce three fantastic charity partners: the Cancer Society, Pause Breath Smile, and Achilles New Zealand. For each adult registration, you can now choose from the three charities where your $1 donation goes. 

But that's not all! When you sign up, you can also lace up your running shoes to further support your chosen charity with our 'Run for a Cause' program. Click on the fundraise now button under your chosen charity to find out more


 Find out more about each of the 2024 charities below.

 Charity Partners 

Download File (2).png

Pause Breath Smile


We are so excited to be chosen as an affiliate charity of Round the Bays for 2024.  Since partnering with Southern Cross in 2020, the Pause Breathe Smile programme reached one in four school-aged kids (over 125,000 children aged 5 to 12), through training almost 9,000 educators in more than 20% of primary and intermediate schools nationwide. 

Our mission, to nurture half a million healthy minds, is off to a great start but we know there is more work to do. Being a charity partner of Round the Bays will help us deliver our knowledge, support and resources to even more tamariki. 

Pause Breathe Smile is a mind health programme designed to equip children aged five to 12 with tools to manage the ups and downs of life and set them up for a healthy future. Delivered in schools, by teachers, it is evidence-based, curriculum-aligned and funded by Southern Cross.  Our purpose is to help create a healthier New Zealand by equipping tamariki with mind health skills. We believe that every child deserves to thrive and not just survive. 

Unfortunately, New Zealand ranks poorly regarding overall child wellbeing outcomes. Turning these poor outcomes around and making Aotearoa the best place in the world to grow up will take large scale concerted efforts on behalf of the Government, public services, private businesses, NGOs (like us), communities, whānau and schools. Everyone has a role to play because the choices we make as adults are connected to the health and wellbeing of our nation’s children.  

For our part, Pause Breathe Smile helps equip tamariki with awesome mental wellbeing skills to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing, uncertain world. Skills like learning how to regulate emotions, build self-awareness and relate positively to others.  

We know that learning these skills early in life can help kids thrive now and in the future.

Download File (1).png

Achilles New Zealand 


Round the Bays Wellington is an annual favourite for Achilles athletes and we are delighted to be a charity partner for 2024. Achilles empowers Kiwis with disabilities to participate, so they can cross their finish line. This purpose is synonymous with the event, bringing the community together to achieve active and healthy lives."

Cancer Society Wellington


It’s an honour to once again be a chosen Charity for Round the Bays 2024.  We are super excited to be back and can’t wait to be part of this amazing community event. Thank you, Nuku Ora, for giving us this opportunity again to be involved with one of Wellingtons' iconic events. Cancer doesn’t stop, and with your help, we won’t either. All people, every cancer. Funds raised will help people in our community, through the Cancer Society’s support services, health promotion programmes and lifesaving cancer research. 

bottom of page