Auckland student's mammoth charity run

BRIAN CROXFORD
Last updated 16:13 10/07/2012

A university student has completed 21 half marathons in 21 days.

Fraser Ellis
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LIFE-GIVING LEGS: Student Fraser Ellis, 20, is completing 21 half marathons in 21 days to raise money for Starship.

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A university student has completed 21 half marathons in 21 days, mostly in Auckland, while raising more than $14,000 for the Starship Foundation.

Fraser Ellis, 20, who began his run for charity on June 19, made his final strides toward the finish line at KFC on Quay St yesterday afternoon.

He began his first half marathon in Dunedin and ran the remaining 20 in Auckland, choosing different routes throughout the city.  In total, Ellis has run 443 km.

Ellis said he was amazed by the support he has received from the community to raise $14,819.

"The support I've received so far from the public, my family and friends, and sponsors like KFC has been amazing and I am so thrilled that people have so generously donated to the cause." 

The 21-marathon challenge was planned to coincide with Ellis's semester break at the University of Otago. He said he decided to raise money for the Starship Foundation after seeing and hearing about the difference the organisation makes to children and families throughout New Zealand.

KFC general manager Brent Kitto said he was impressed and proud of Ellis's commitment to the cause.

"While plenty of 20-year-olds are relaxing during their university break, Fraser was thinking of ways that he could make a real difference in the community." 

Donations to  21 half-marathons in 21 days can be made online.

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