Community · 29 Mar 2021

Pork Pie Charity Run Hits Invercargill on Wednesday

Aimee Wilson

Aimee Wilson


The bi-annual Pork Pie Charity Run is heading south for the final leg of the race this week, and will be in Invercargill on Wednesday afternoon.

The 2350km journey from Paihia to the South is a fundraiser for KidsCan, tracing the route the ‘Blondini Gang’ took in the kiwi classic ‘Goodbye Pork Pie.’

More than 50 original Mini’s from the 1960s and their crew are making their way from Christchurch to the West Coast today, and will head south into Central Otago, before ending in Invercargill.

Communications director Tracey Brake said they had already raised $240,000 of the $300,000 target and was blown away with the response.

“We’re having an absolute ball, although a little tired,” she said.

Some of the original Mini’s have not lasted the entire trip, and in fact, have been replaced with other models, with some keen collectors owning more than one, Tracey explained.

There are also plenty of Mini parts in everyone’s boots just in case of break downs, with Mini specialists helping out when needed.  “We all know the general things that fall off.”

On the last trip Tracey said she was wearing a FitBit and such was the vibration and movement from all the driving that it recorded that she had walked 10,000 steps along the way.

“The best way to describe driving in a mini is feeling like a couple of marbles thrown around inside a biscuit tin and then strapped onto a roller-skate.”

The Mini’s will be parked up outside the cemetery on the Tay St entrance to the city from 4pm on Wednesday afternoon.

What’s on Invers is proud to support this great fundraiser and fun event, and is looking forward to seeing them in action when they arrive in the deep South, founder Mike Sanford said.

The first run took place in 2009 with 36 teams making the trip from Kaitaia to Invercargill over five days. 

The subsequent five runs have seen participant numbers increase to a 60-car maximum with the run extended to six days on the road.

The trip has raised funds for Starship Hospital, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand and KidsCan. To date across all six previous events over $1,000,000 has been raised.

The route: 

  • Friday 26th March 2021 – Paihia to Taupo via Warkworth, Pokeno and Hampton Downs
  • Saturday 27th March 2021- Taupō to Wellington via National Park and Whanganui
  • Sunday 28th March 2021 – Wellington to Christchurch via Picton and Kaikoura
  • Monday 29th March 2021 – Christchurch to Franz Josef via Sheffield, Arthur’s Pass, Hokitika, Harihari
  • Tuesday 30th March 2021 – Franz Josef to Queenstown via Highlands Park Cromwell
  • Wednesday 31st March 2021 – Queenstown to Invercargill via Te Anau, Manapouri, Riverton