Escaping lockdown blues

Peter Symonds says the #world5k will instil a sense of belonging to a wider global community in lockdown.

Mahurangi families fearing being cooped up for another lockdown weekend have the chance to participate in global and national events this Saturday (April 18).

A British man wants people around the world to take part in a coordinated 5km run to unite communities during the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Peter Symonds wants those in lockdown to participate in the #world5k in accordance with social distancing measures in place across the globe.

would mean people running around their gardens, on balconies or around their house with the idea of reinforcing the message of “staying at home”.

Peter says how people choose to complete their 5k is entirely up to them. They could jog on the spot or run laps around their garden. Peter will do his by bouncing on a mini-trampoline.

“I live in a flat so I understand how restrictive being stuck indoors 24/7 can be,” he says. “World 5k is a chance for everyone currently stuck in isolation to be part of something that is good for their mental health and instils a sense of belonging to a wider, global community.”

#world 5K is free to join and Peter encourages those who want to use the event to raise money for a good cause to set up a Givealittle page. #world5k has a local start time of noon.

“New Zealanders will be some of the first people in the world to do the #world5k,” Peter says.

Following the #world5k, Mahurangi families can participate in a nationwide Whānau Fun Night

The event, organised by Parenting Place, provides an opportunity for up to 2000 New Zealand families to come together online in their lockdown bubble this Saturday (April 18), at 6pm.

The night will be hosted by entertainer Pio Terei and will feature quiz questions to suit all ages so everyone in the whānau can take part. There will be prizes for the winning family, lots of entertainment and “loads of laughs”.

Anyone in New Zealand can take part, with a suggested donation of $10 to attend. Money raised will help Parenting Place provide extra support to vulnerable families.

To find out more about World 5k, visit

To sign up for Whānau Fun Night, visit Eventbrite

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