Lucy Lawless runs for Christchurch

BRIDGET JONES
Last updated 14:53 29/05/2011
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NICE ROBES: Lucy Lawless in Spartacus.

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Lucy Lawless pounded the streets today as she continued to support the earthquake-ravaged people of Christchurch.

Lawless - who found international fame in her role of Xena Warrior Princess - was a starter in the fund-raising Britomart Block Benefit through the streets of central Auckland.

She was one of four members of the LMI Work Horse team who took part in the three-hour relay which began at 9.51am.

All funds raised by the teams taking part are going to the Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.

''Kiwis have put hundreds of man-hours and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Christchurch, but there's still a huge amount of funds needed to help rebuild the city and get peoples lives back on track,'' Lawless said.

''The more sponsors I receive, the more funds I can raise for the Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.''

The Britomart Block Benefit saw team members run, walk, skip and hop their way around a 735 metre course at Britomart.

Musicians P-Money and DJ Sir-Vere were also among the competitors racing to raise money for Christchurch.

Other activities that took place alongside the relay were a slam dunk competition featuring some of New Zealand's top basketball talent, displays from Red Bull Team skaters and BMXers, appearances from Nike-sponsored athletes and performances from local DJs.

An auction was also held featuring signed sports memorabilia and artwork from leading Kiwi artists.

Organisers said they hoped the event would raise over $250,000 for the Christchurch appeal.

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