Step Up 4 Christchurch
Earthquake Appeal

"On behalf of New Zealand, I would like to thank all those people who are contributing to the recovery effort in Christchurch.  Having New Zealand's friends from around the world standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Christchurch means a lot.  Thank you for your support."

- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key

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Step Up 4 Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

Registration for the event has now closed but if you would like to come to support our participants and join in the festivities please come along anytime between 9:00 and 16:00.

Sunday 22 May – What is happening on the day

There will be plenty of kiwi food, drinks and entertainment on offer in the piazza area at the base of the building and we would love you to join in the fun any time between 9:00 and 16:00. Konditor & Cook will be serving breakfast and cakes from 8:00 and The Sterling will be lighting the BBQ at 11:30. Entertainment will take place throughout the day, which will include Maori performers, our various kiwi musicians and the spectacular Elysium III.

PLEASE NOTE – You will need to bring some form of identification to enter the building. This applies to participants and lift users.


Participants have been grouped into five waves and are advised to arrive 45 minutes before their start times:

Group 1 -- Competitive runners -- 9:15 registration, 10:00 start time
Group 2 -- Runners (1st group) -- 10:00 registration, 10:45 start time
Group 3 -- Runners (2nd group) -- 10:45 registration, 11:30 start time
Group 4 -- Walkers (1st group) -- 11:30 registration, 12:15 start time
Group 5 -- Walkers (2nd group) -- 12:15 registration, 13:00 start time

All participants should by now have received a confirmation email confirming their start time (possibly in your junk mail folder).  If not please contact the Step Up 4 Christchurch Earthquake Appeal team on:

Email:        Telephone: 0845 680 2442

Lift users are welcome to take the lift any time between 9:30 and 14:00. There might be queues for the lift so please allow plenty of time.

Please be aware there will be security personnel carrying out security checks with a wand. 


The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BF

Nearest tube: Liverpool Street, Bank
Nearest train: Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street

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Event details

Join the charity stair climb and help those affected by New Zealand’s devastating earthquake at:  
"The Gherkin"
30 St Mary Axe
London EC3A 8EP
Sunday 22nd May 2011, 10.00am-2.30pm (exactly 3 months after the devastating earthquake hit Christchurch)

  • 1,037 steps
  • 38 floors
  • For adults and children
  • Register and make a donation to run, walk or take the lift
  • Once registered, get your family, friends and colleagues to sponsor you for taking part
  •  A rare chance to see London from the top of the City’s iconic tower
  • A New Zealand-flavoured family day out with entertainment, live music, food, drink and more

Kiwi or Londoner, visitor or local, no matter where you’re from, the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal urgently needs your support.  When a devastating earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand on 22 February 2011, it killed more than 180 people and injured thousands more, causing widespread destruction, destroying 10,000 homes and cutting off essential services.  All proceeds from Step Up 4 Christchurch Appeal, including donations made on registering and sponsorship for participating, will go directly to the New Zealand Government Christchurch Appeal.
Registration is now open and we are already receiving a high level of demand for this unique experience. Please register today to run, walk or take the lift. Click on "Register now" to get underway.

Once registered please start fundraising for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.  Create your own website to get sponsorship. Click on "Start fundraising" to get underway.

Evans Randall is hosting this event. Evans Randall has close links to New Zealand and two of its three partners are New Zealanders. Evans Randall is a London-based, privately-owned investment banking and private equity group specialising in structured finance, private equity and commercial real estate transactions.  It is the joint owner of 30 St Mary Axe, “The Gherkin”.
Click on "Register now" to join us at "The Gherkin" on 22 May.