Raechel Runs Again

One of the beautiful things about serving within a volunteer ministry that spans multiple countries and incorporates many avenues for serving is the opportunity to cross paths with generous, dedicated individuals who have a heart to serve as well.

Raechel Keepa is one such person. A registered nurse at Christchurch Emergency Department, she is a long distance runner who channels her passion for running into her equally inspiring dedication to serve the nation of Vanuatu.

For the past seven years, Raechel has participated in long distance running events around New Zealand wearing unusual attire for runners: a traditional “Island Dress” from Vanuatu. Raechel uses her island dress, gifted by the mamas of West Santo, to raise awareness and to raise donations for medical equipment and supplies for the Family Care Centre in Vanuatu.

In 2021, Raechel completed several runs raising funds for a steriliser for the Family Care Centre (see Issue 007 of the Marine Reach Newsletter for an article about her accomplishments). Since then, Raechel has continued to use running as an avenue for generosity and service to Vanuatu. Her fundraising efforts have included a 100 mile race in Tarawera, 24hr vertical challenge, climbing over 7,700m, and a 60km run at Northburn station with 4,000m of elevation to name a few. Funds raised have assisted in opening the dental surgery and provided the clinic with needed medical supplies.

Raechel shares about her heart in running for Vanuatu: “Coming from a background that involved very little running, I tied my running shoes after receiving a gentle prompt from our God. Seeing first hand the need in Vanuatu and wanting to support the great work Marine Reach and the FCC are doing, has helped me run with a purpose and a reason to why I run.”

We are so grateful to Raechel for her dedication to serve the people of Vanuatu in this unique way, and support the efforts of the Family Care Centre.

For more information about how you can be involved in supporting the Family Care Centre, or how you would like to support and follow Raechel please visit: www.familycarecentre.org & https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/fuelinghope