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The Kickathon 2022

24 Hours - Smashing Records - Raising Funds

The Kickathon 2022

In this first of its kind fundraising event, former All Black Dan Carter pushed himself to the absolute limit kicking goals for 24 hrs straight at Eden Park.  

After seeing the important work that UNICEF’s doing for kids, Dan was driven to help children close to home in the Pacific. Over the course of two days, 7th and 8th of April 2022, Dan dusted off his boots and kicked goals non-stop while raising as much money as possible for UNICEF’s water programmes for kids in the Pacific.  

After a gruelling 24 hours, 1598 kicks, and thousands of dollars raised - the final whistle blew on a successful Kickathon for 2022. 

Thank you to all the generous Kiwis, schools and businesses from all around Aotearoa for raising more than $500,000 to help provide clean water for kids in the Pacific.

What is the current situation for children in the Pacific? 

Across the Pacific, water and sanitation-related diseases are one of the leading causes of death for children under five.  Major issues facing kids in the Pacific include; 

  • 1 in 10 kids in the Pacific don’t have access to safe drinking water. 

  • 1 in 3 children in the Pacific don’t have access to good sanitation. 

  • Pacific kids there are getting really sick, missing out on school and falling behind or dropping out altogether. 

How will the money raised by Kickathon help children in the Pacific?  

The funds raised will help UNICEF continue our life changing projects designed to provide disaster-resilient clean water and sanitation to children and communities in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Kiribati. 

Approximately 134,000 children, 830 schools and 38 health facilities in the Pacific will benefit from UNICEF’s water and sanitation interventions and better hygiene behaviour - leaving the kids there with better health and more time to play. UNICEF’s approach is to strengthen national systems and capacity through a mix of community based-activities and collecting evidence to advocate for equitable investments in children. 

  • Construction of disaster resilient water and sanitation facilities for communities, schools and health centres. 

  • Empowering and training local Pasifika communities on the use and maintenance of water facilities. 

  • Liaising with governments in the Pacific to strengthen national legal systems and policies for water, sanitation and hygiene. 

UNICEF water programme in the Pacific
UNICEF water programme in the Pacific

What’s next for Dan Carter, the DC10 Fund and UNICEF? 

Stay tuned. In October 2022 we will be announcing Dan’s exciting next adventure with UNICEF. Check back soon to find out more.  

In the mean time, you can learn more about UNICEF’s work in the Pacific here.

What is the DC10 fund? 

The DC10 Fund has been set up by Dan Carter, in partnership with UNICEF, to help kids everywhere dream big and achieve their goals. 

Find out how the DC10 Fund is helping kids in Aotearoa, the Pacific and beyond.  

If you would like to support our ongoing emergency work, including in the Pacific, you can make a donation to our Greatest Need Appeal