With the death toll still mounting from Christchurch’s devastating earthquake, organisers of the Wellington Outgames — scheduled to start on March 12 — have announced the sporting event will help raise money for those affected by the tragedy.

Despite the tragic events in Christchurch this week organisers have also assured participants and supporters that the 2nd Asia Pacific Outgames in Wellington is still going ahead.

Outgames co-chair David Hindley said people participating in the games will have the chance to give something back to earthquake victims with fundraisers throughout the event.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Christchurch who have suffered terrible loss,” Hindley said.

The Christchurch earthquake has personally affected some Outgames volunteers, with one volunteer mourning the death of a friend and another reporting severe damage to a home in the area.

Hindley said Outgames organisers have received messages of support from around the world.

Wellington is located on New Zealand’s north island. Christchurch is on the south island and organisers say aftershocks are not being felt in Wellington.

The Wellington Outgames will be held from March 12-19.

Registrations for sports competitions close on February 26.

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