Get your sweat on and raise funds for mental health!
Join our team to show your support and aroha for Kiwis living with mental health problems right now. With more than half of us experiencing a mental health problem in our lifetimes, every dollar raised helps us to boost the wellbeing of people across Aotearoa and makes sure no one has to face tough times alone. Being active is also a great way to boost your own wellbeing!
The Waikato Summer Sizzler takes in the beauty of the area surrounding both Lakes Whakamaru and Maraetai. There is a range of distances for everyone; from 22km, 11km and 6km distance.
Support for you!
If this is your first time joining our team don't worry, we'll give you heaps of support along the way and lots of incentives to help you reach your target! We will gift you with:
- A special 'I'm sweating for mental health' running t-shirt when you raise $200 as a reminder that what you're doing is also benefitting your own mental health and wellbeing
- A fundraising how-to-guide and regular tips from your very own fundraising trainer and lots of support to get you over the finish line
- An opportunity to join our running events community and be part of the wider Mental Health Foundation team
So what are you waiting for? Get your sweat on and set up your fundraising page today! Then simply head to the Summer Sizzler page to select your distance and purchase your event entry.
Help us improve the wellbeing of Kiwis
With your generosity, we can
Around 1 in 5 of us will experience a mental health problem this year
Nearly 50% of us will experience a mental illness
in our lifetime
Our youth suicide rate
is the highest of 41
The money you fundraise will allow us to provide people with free information, resources and campaigns covering the A-Z of mental health and wellbeing topics. It will also help us advocate for helpful and hopeful policies and services for people living with mental illness.
Meet some of our fundraisers
We have hundreds of people every year set themselves a goal of running their first quarter-marathon, half-marathon or marathon and dedicating their race to a cause that is close to them.
"This cause is one dear to my heart. Everyone knows someone impacted
"I am passionate about improving the awareness around Mental Health, and in turn encourage those who find themselves in need of help to ask for it"