21km for the 21st Birthday Alannah should have had

By Georgia Spankie

Setbacks

Hi everyone,

I am absolutely devastated to say about a week ago I fell down some stairs at a bar, and wacked my shin resulting in a massive hematoma, swollen nerve in my leg and a sprained back. After hurting my leg, it was really hard for me to come to the conclusion that doing the Kerikeri half just wasn’t realistic. I will not be completing the Kerikeri Half Marathon, but I will attempt to do another half in the new year!! I am not going to put a date on it but will aim to do one in April around Alannah’s birthday (which unironically is when I first made this page). After two serious injuries in a timeframe so close to the event, I have got to put my physical health first to ensure on the day of the next half I am at peak mentally and physically!!

This year I have decided to stop letting my mental illness define me. Since I made that decision, I have started to become more content with myself as well as learning to live in the moment rather than the past or future. There are still bad days, but these have been points where I have slowed down and processed what is going on around me to try jump back on track. Part of this was realizing that Alannah and I still have a relationship, she is the reason I have developed so much as an individual these past few years. Although we can no longer communicate, she will and still is a massive part of my life. Alannah in high school rode up Mt Wellington with a stress fracture in her pelvis, making a small injury so much worse if it was addressed before it fractured. She had a habit of denying herself medical attention until things were bad, which is why after injuring myself again I have decided it is best if I give this half a miss this time round.

Thank-you so much to every one of you who has donated, this is a cause so close to mine and so many other hearts and I promise I will achieve the goal of doing a half, it is just not now! On my behalf on the day, Mum, Dad, Cory, Lorraine, Izzy, Ellie, Brendan, Jackie & Carl will be completing the half, and I will be cheering on the sideline.

I am absolutely gutted, but so unbelievably proud of all my friends & family still doing the half on my behalf, as well as grateful for all of you for getting this page over the $4000 mark!

Georgia x

P.S. If you want a picture of my leg, message me. It is too ugly to ruin this page!!

One step back, two steps forward

Hi all!

Thank you so much to every single person who has contributed to this fundraiser, I am so grateful to each one of you who has donated so far. Thank you! I never would have thought that we would have raised over $4000! Originally I put up $800 as the target but with the success so far of the page I have changed the target to $4500.

Unfortunately, while on the Chatham Islands with Uni, in true Georgia Spankie fashion, I fell and slipped on a sand bag and injured my knee in the process. That was about a month ago now and I am on the road to recovery. I doubt I will be able to train back up to run the half, but I am still aiming to run parts of it. It has been fustrating, but I am slowly getting back into walking and riding, and fingers crossed I will be jogging before I know it.

With this week being mental health awareness week, I just wanted to remind everyone it is okay to have setbacks. It is okay to have bad days. The most you can do is to set mini goals for yourself, message a friend, have a shower, leave the house. Especially coming into exam season, take the time to have some you time that is healthy and try to avoid spending the day in bed, scrolling through social media. My setback was injuring my knee, which gave me an excuse to do nothing and I fell back into some lazy habits. It is okay that I had a setback, but now is the time to push out of this, train, study, graduate and before I know it I will be running the half with Izzy, Ellie, Mum, Dad and an incredible number of supporters around me! 

Kia Kaha, 
Georgia x

Update: 2 years on

It has been 2 years today since Alannah passed away. 2 years where as a family we have gone through the worst possible time of our lives, as well as learning a hell of a lot about ourselves. Everyone that knew Alannah knew her as someone who had extreme amounts of empathy, I strongly believe this was because she understood and didn't want others to experience the darkness of what she was going through. Her passing was complicated, not black and white. This is the case with all mental illness'. With the proper help, Alannah would have been okay.

Since Alannahs death I have gone way deeper and further into my own mental health, which never would have been addressed otherwise. This has all been private, which does cost and I would not be able to afford without the help of Mum & Dad. Without the private help to address my own mental health things would be very different right now which I believe is the case with Alannah. Things need to change now so EVERYONE has access to the highest possible healthcare possible, with experts that are connected. This needs to happen to stop people before it gets to the worst possible state.  

The half marathon training is beginning and it is very early days. I still have a long way to go. My beautiful best friend Izzy is running it with me as well as Mum who is walking it and Dad who if uninjured will be running it as well. There is going to be so much support around us all on the 23rd of November, but there is still a long way to go.

Thank you so much to each and every one of you who has donated so far. Please even if you can spare a few dollars it would be much appreciated! 

I'm fundraising to save a life

On the 21st of June 2017, my whole world was flipped upside down. My older sister, Alannah had passed away from an action that should and could have been prevented. Alannah was an incredible human being, she in her own words was going to 'make test tube babies' for a living and should have graduated at the end of 2017. Due to her own mental health issues and the stress of life, she couldn't see her future and took her own life. Alannah was meant to grow old with me, I never thought I would live a life without her by my side. Her presence is deeply missed by everyone who knew her, she was an outgoing person who would drop everything to be there for those around her, but she couldn't reach out herself. I do believe that with the support and if she received the treatment she needed she would still be here today. Although today, the day I set this challenge for myself would have been her 22nd birthday, she should have made it to 21 first.

No family should ever have to go through what we have been through, but the sad reality is that there will always be another family hit with the loss of a member. By supporting the Mental Health Foundation, there is a chance for other families to not have to go through the loss of a sister, brother, child, parent or friend. For Alannah and the Mental Health Foundation, I am pushing myself way out of my comfort zone to run the Kerikeri Half Marathon on the 23rd November 2019. I am starting to train and fundraise now, so expect a whole bunch of updates! Mental Health is something extremely close to my heart, with a far way to go within the NZ health system. No one should face the battle alone. Every single donation helps. 

If you believe that you need help, the first step although it is extremely difficult is for you to reach out. Here are some numbers you can call or reach out to:

Depression helpline: 0800 111 757
Lifeline: 0800 543 354
Samaritans: 0800 726 666
Youthline: 0800 376 633 or text 234
1737 Need to talk?: Call or text 1737

Thank you to my Supporters

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Michaella Adaway

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Emily Underwood

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Hayley Skidmore

Wish I could give you so much more but my silly gallivanting around the globe has left my bank account rather depleted. I also wish I could be there to support you but I love you with everything I've got and will be cheering you on from the other side of the world. I miss her every second of every day. Love you lots and am so proud of you Lil Spankie x

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Gael Lanigan

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Natasha Thanawalla

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Dean Shelley

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Georgia Spankie

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Brendan Downey-parish

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Warren And Debbie Bird

Good on you girls!

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Anonymous

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George Hibberd

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Bridgette May

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Larraine Barton

Way to go, Georgia, you've already achieved so much. Much love to you as you continue this journey.

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Chantel Barry

Proud of you Geo, you're inspiring!

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Anonymous

Got you over the $4000 mark G! Go you the knees healing the bikes calling and the walks walking. Love you Pie M C C R & L xxx

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Anonymous

You got this!

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Alex Holland

I am absolutely devastated, what a sweet, amazing, vibrant girl she was. I met her at Eminem in 2014 and I was more happy about the time I spent dancing and singing with her than I was actually seeing my idol. She was an angel and I had no idea this happened until right now. Peace and love to all your family. Rest In Peace Alannah

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C & J Simpson

You face every challenge with courage Georgia. Xx

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Ciara Smith

Life is short but love is long ❤️ Supporting you all the way x

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Donna & Viv Green

You are an inspiration to us all. Alannah won’t be forgotten.

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Fiona Mcneil

Hi Georgia. I didn't know Alannah, but I hope you find a huge sense of peace and purpose in this. I'm sure you will touch the hearts and minds of many. All the best for for you and Izzy for your half marathon.

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Anonymous

Your sister was such a beautiful human and I’m so very grateful for the short time I knew her. Thank you for the amazing work you are doing xx

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Niamh Athy

I currently only have $3 in my bank account but again seeing this and seeing how strong all of you are is an absolutely amazing inspiration to me. Even seeing the little positivity posts you put on your instagram sheds a little hope and light into my day and reminds me that I can get through shit too. Nothing but love and respect for you and your family. I'll be supporting you all the entire way.

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Sonia Byrne

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Robyn Young

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Tania Sutherland

Awesome goal Georgia, thank you for being so open and honest. Your story will definitely help others facing difficulties. Much love from The Sutherland family to yours xxxx

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Anonymous

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Belinda Brendon Meg And Lucy Sutton Xx

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Tricia M

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Megan Norling

Gooooooo!

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Georgia Norling

Proud of you xxx

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Lisa Skidmore

Love that you are doing this G. Alannah will be right there with you, as will we. You are truly amazing and totally inspirational. Much love.

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Sandra Creahan

You are an amazing sister! All the best for the training and the event :-)

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Anna Herbert

Awesome work Georgia, what a great thing to do for your sister and for the mental health foundation in her honour. You are amazing x

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Grandma

So proud of you Georgia xx

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Jenny Francis

I am unbelievably proud of you. This is an amazing thing to do. Alannah will be with you every step of the way. So, so much love xx

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Judy & Jerry Dowling

Great idea, good luck

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David & Merilyn Mallowes

An awesome challenge Georgia. We think of Alannah so often and her beautiful personality.

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Tess Frampton

Good luck Georgia xx

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Emily Fensham

Wish I could give more but this is amazing and you are amazing!

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Chris And Ian

Our special Georgia - We’ll be there on the long road ahead. Know you can do it for both the Spankie girls!!!

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Anonymous

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Amy Dettmann

Such an incredibly important cause. Sending you lots of love and support xx

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Lisa Wilson

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Miriam Croft

from Mel’s nan ❤️

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Bev Laywood

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Mark Dowling

Go Georgia! Good luck mate

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Susie And David

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Libby Osborne

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Brooklyn Wilson

Support girl 🎉

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Brooke Wallwork

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Oliver Jonea

Get it spanks! ♥️

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Mark Varga

Go for gold

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Tracy Strudley

This is awesome Georgia and so are you!!! xx

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Abbey Roberts

Such an inspiration Georgia ❤️❤️

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Anonymous

Bless both of your gorgeous souls x I give you all of my strength and support and it’s really reassuring for me to see other people getting through their own mental health issues. Shows me that I can to, so thank you.

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Tyler Kingston-nock

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Rishika Iyer

Love you and this cause! My poor uni student ways prevent me from giving more but just know that I am supporting you so much. Love xxx

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Andie & Jd

Your sister would have been so proud of what you are doing Spankie ❤️Go girl!! Xx

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Kuda

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James Field Field

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Emma Hancock

I love you so much. Thank you for supporting such a good cause. You are so loved.

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Karen Spencer

Great cause and a beautiful thing to do! xx

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Nicky Adams

Good luck Georgia

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Natalie Follows

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Emily Blow

So proud of you Georgia <3 You got this!

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Angie Hari-billing

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Kirsten Dawson

inspirational Georgia!! ❤️

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Jake Wightman

Good luck Georgia. Gonna be impressed!!!

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Maddie Palmer

Good luck Georgia! If you need a training buddy just let me know, more than happy to help! xx

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Cathy Downey Parish

You are brave beautiful and so proud of you xxx cheering you on as I know Alannah will be xx

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I Barry

What a great thing to do Georgia. All the best for the training. Ismay x

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Jackie Buchanan

Go you, Georgia! Good luck with all the training ahead of you ❤️

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Anonymous

So proud of you darling. We always got your back Love Mel, Grant and Theo xx

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Sarah Skidmore

So proud of you Georgia and a running event -Alannah would have loved to do this with you! Miss her so much and all my love is with you and your beautiful family xx

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Daniel Tukiri

Love u x

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Rosanne Sansom

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Ann And Chris Leyenaar

Good luck Georgia for the training and well done to you. Xx

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Emma L

Love you 💕

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Kate Barker

Super proud of you G! ❤️❤️❤️

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Meg Hendl

You are so strong ❤️ Proud of you xx

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Mitchell Smith

Much love to you and your family georgia

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M & M & S & S Shaw

Really wonderful thing to do Georgia xx

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Nat Evans

So proud you Georgia! We are all behind you!

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Matilda Namala

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Jo

Go Georgia so proud of you

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Michelle Dawson

Mental health sucks! Mental health support is sadly lacking! (No disrespect to all the amazing staff that try their best with limited resources)

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Jamie Egging

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Alison O'callaghan

An amazing thing to do Georgia and for a fantastic cause - you've got this xxx

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Anonymous

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Steph Webber

Love youuuu xxxx

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Conor O'neill

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Bree Barker

You’ve got this spanks. Will try be there at the finish line with you xx

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Holly Grigg

I have so much admiration for you❤️

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Holly Dragt

You got this!! Love you always ❣️

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Jo Ashleigh

Awesome Georgia from Jo and ashleigh

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Ellie Buchanan

love you georgia, youre such an inspiration

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Chloe Mcleod

Supporting you all the way ❤️

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Liz Tarpey

Wishing you all the best. Such a great cause.

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Chloe Jackman

much love 💕

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Leanne Grinder

Thinking of you all, what an awesome sister you are always loved our chats x

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Printrun

Wear your race number with love! Go G you got this girl❤️

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Ariana Athy

Love you always x

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Cole Coubrough

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Georgia

Good on you girl ❤️

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Daniel

Well done Georgia, so so proud xx

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Olivia Gate

So proud of you Georgia! Lots of love xx

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Sonia

Well done Georgia xx

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Hollie G-c

Keep doing you girl... We’re all so proud of you!

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Sahand Pourjafari

Go Georgia! You'll smash this.vgeorgia would have been so proud of you!!

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Emily Anderson

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