Ivan's Walk

By Ivan Miller

Kia Ora everyone, and welcome to my fundraiser,
This year, beginning on Saturday the 9th of February, I will begin my walk around both coasts of New Zealand, in a bid to raise Mental Health awareness, and to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.  Over the course of my walk I will be posting frequently and holding regular Facebook live forums, speaking of my own mental health story and recovery, and the tools I find helpful in that process, hoping to open a wider discussion and awareness in our community, with the ultimate aim reaching out to people and connecting with them.  I will be discussing many topics that have affected me in my life, from sexual abuse to alcoholism and other addiction issues, PTSD and other mental conditions, and suicide.  In addition to that I will be speaking to the importance of mindfulness, and sharing some valuable things I learnt in DBT (Dialectic Behaviour Therapy).  I hope to share my highs and lows along the way, walk with others, and basically allow others to follow my own personal journey with me 

My Achievements

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Thank you to my Supporters

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Steve Lahood

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Kumeroa

Your amazing Ivan, safe travels and god bless 🙏 Nga mihi

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Rob Rios

i love you so much

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Tim & Olga

Happy birthday Uncle Ivan 🧁

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Dad

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Anonymous

Well done bro - spend it impeccably ! 💛

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Owens

Happy birthday Ivan, you’re doing a great job.

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Michael Kirchner

Great effort Ivan!! 👍

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Jody Webster

Happy birthday, Ivan. Enjoy your special day.

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Tim Kurth

Awesome work Ivan

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Ellen West

Happy Birthday Ivan 🎂🎈🎁

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Cheryl

Happy Birthday xx Have a fantastic day!!

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Ngai Beamsley

Such an incredible achievement and an inspiration. All the best on this journey and the life ahead of it.

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Michelle & Andrew - Timaru

Love your mihi Ivan. Sending you lots of aroha.

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Michelle & Andrew - Timaru

Love your mihi Ivan. Sending you lots of aroha.

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Margy Wilton

Happy birthday ivan. Your an inspiration

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Jean Fleming

Kia kaha Ivan! Have a happy birthday- we will all be thinking of you. Your amazing journey has changed the way I look at life.

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Gerard O'shea

Keep on walking Ivan, you are doing a great thing and Happy Birthday!

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Tania Washer

HAPPY BIRTHDAY IVAN . AROHA NUI FROM GREYMOUTH. XXX

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Joanne Keenan

Hey I’m so proud of you and can’t wait to see you xo🥰🙏🏼🧚‍♂️🧡🤸🏻

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Simone

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Anne Barrer

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Cherie

Keep up the good work Ivan :)

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Des Watson

Keep going ivan well done true legend. Happy birthday

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Tahapehi Whanau

Had to bump you up over that 8k mark! Your a legend! Happy birthday!

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Joss Robertson

Happy Birthday Ivan!

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Anonymous

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L B

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Ümit

Great cause. Immensely enjoying following your inspiring journey.

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Shelly Mccormick

Happy birthday Ivan Hope you enjoy your day🥰

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Angie Vessey

Thanks for sharing your amazing journey with us!

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Karen Fletcher

Kia kaha bro!

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Dee

Happy birthday Ivan, thanks for sharing your amazing journey with us all - you're an inspiration!

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Cath Savage

Happy birthday Ivan - what an amazing adventure for a worthy cause !

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Gay

So proud of you Ivan...for so many reasons

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Mel Goulton

Doing great things Ivan :)

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Rotorua Auntie And Uncle

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Dot Mowat

Good luck with this Ivan. Haven't been seeing any of your posts of late?? Hope all is good 💙

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Julia Higgs

You're doing a wonderful thing Ivan, keep going and I hope you reach your goal x

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Sadie

I've been enjoying watching your amazing achievements. It's about time I donated something! Happy birthday.

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Norma Miller

An extra happy birthday donation to Mental Health. Your walk has been amazing and I so enjoy reading about it. You are an inspiration.

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Michelle Woodford

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Debbie

I'm so proud of you for having the courage to share your journey... You are an absolute inspiration xx

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Anonymous

You are a true inspiration - love and light Ivan - and happy birthday!

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Christine Wright

Wishing you a happy birthday! All the best for the rest of your walk- you’re so close!

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Mary Popping

Happy Birthday Ivan, see you in less than a month. ❤️

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Lynda Whitwell

Blessings your way every day but especially for your big 50 day!

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Tanya And Mark Coltman

We are all so Proud of what you are achieving towards Mental Health . Big Hugs from the Both of Us

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Grant Warren

Hi Ivan. You've done a magnificent thing in conducting this walk, connecting with real Nzers and raising the profile and awareness of mental health issues. I'd have had more to do with you personally during your journey were it not for my primary responsibilities at this moment of taking care of my elderly mother. Nonetheless less, I have followed your journey from the time of your interaction with some of the people in Waimamaku, Hokianga. Be well for the remainder of your hikoi Matua Ivan. Nga mihi nui ki a koe Ivan.

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Anonymous

Fabulous effort for a fabulous cause

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Anonymous

Amazing and courageous journey

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Shelley Styles

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Lb

Love your work, Ivan. Thanks for doing this <3

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Jean Fleming

Thanks Ivan , you’re an inspiration.

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Ditchburn

Such an important message you are getting out there Ivan. Loved seeing the photos and reading the story of your little nephew who walked 5 kms with you. Looking forward to reading more about your journey. 😀

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Hemp Health Ltd

Hi Ivan, keep up the great work. Not far now . Regards from the Deep south.

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Pauline Hanson

Hey Ivan, Rosalie’s sister Pauline here. Will be following the rest of your journey from San Francisco! I am truly inspired by what you are doing. Be well! Be strong!! You got this!!!

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Margaret & Mark Morris

Well done Ivan. Love following your amazing journey. x

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Tania Friar

Thank you for eveything you do to support mental health and raise awareness for those that suffer with mental illness.

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Anonymous

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Norma Miller

Really commend your efforts Ivan. Loved article in Gisborne Herald.

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Joy Leahy

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June Stitchbury

Keep up the good work Ivan.

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Anonymous

kia kaha

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David Miller

Keep it up. Cape Reinga sounds great. Could be a heck of a party before you start your walk around Australia

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Susan (sue) Welch

Well done Ivan You certainly have had a great walking experience Wish I had known about your walk earlier when you were in Taranaki last year Take care All the best

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Ian Scott

Proud of your outstanding commitment to your chosen path, Ivan. Keep on rolling man, no stopping you now. Most happy to have met you, mate. It's not so important the places you go, it's more important the people you meet, in the places you go. Best regards, Ian

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Glenn Shelley

Awesomeness :)

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Miriam Millson

I am in awe of what you have done Ivan.

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Jo Macdonald

Loving your posts Ivan, you're truly inspiring. Stay safe. Lots of love x

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Lynda Whitwell

Wow, 3/4 achieved. Learning lots from you as you share your journey with us all. Thanks.

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Sande Jones

Your an inspiration

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Pennie Skinner

I am enjoying following your journey. Well done

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Grant In Nelson

Love your openness, your courage, your vulnerability in sharing your story and your amazing strength and perseverance in what you’re doing Ivan. Really enjoying reading about your journey - both on the road and in life. Tino pai!!

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Shelley

Your journey and story are amazing. I can't wait to read Jo's article. Take care on Takaka Hill and enjoy the last 200kms.

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Lisa Delves

Best wishes on your journey around beautiful NZ. In my opinion the best country in the world 🙂

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Penny Covic

Amazing journey Ivan, and you've reached my hometown - Takaka 😄 All the best with the rest of your journey.

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Michael Heinzel

Just saw you walking between little Wanganui and Karamea. Keep up the great work!

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Anderson Family

Kia kaha

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Kelly R

Best of luck!!

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Anonymous

Keep on plodding away at your amazing journey

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Margaret & Mark Morris

You are an inspiration Ivan. Such an awesome inspiration. x

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Jack Boote

Well done champion !

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Tom Gledhill

Best wishes for the rest of the walk.

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Lee Mitchell

You are the best ambassador. Love reading your posts although not always up to date with the latest. Think of you often and send good luck your way. Not that you need luck as people are drawn to you and your story. Xx

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Anna Panther

Ivan, I stand in awe of the challenge you have undertaken - gosh, it is nearly a year since you started on this journey and what a massive journey it is too! I wish you luck for the rest of it my "friend"!

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Rita Costen

I wish you safe travels and thank you for doing what you are doing.

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Diana Boniface

One word AWESOME!

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Toni Patterson

Well done mate, spreading the word people are listening and taking things on board. What a journey , almost new year best wishes

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Michael & Deirdre

Hope you weren't stuck at Fox for much longer after we left, Ivan! Was lovely to meet you and good luck and best wishes for the remainder of your walk.

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Cath

Kia Kaha, Kia manawanui - weathering that storm was epic Ivan ☂️💨

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Jean Fleming

Kia kaha! What a journey. Such tenacity and resilience.

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Stefan Ayto

You're doing amazing!

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Cath Savage

Kia Kaha Ivan - awesome to be following your inspirational journey.

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Julia Higgs

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Bex

Your journey is extraordinary. Thanks for bringing your awareness and experience to us all. It is a pleasure to follow your progress.

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Anonymous

Happy to help people like you !

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Nicola Stone

I love you Ivan. I think you are so amazing and what your doing makes you even more special. You are so brave and I admire your passion and commitment. Looking forward to catching up with you in person xoxo

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Ruve' Hyde-coltman

Ivan you are seriously amazing!!! I'm so proud of you my friend!!! Loads of love from Ruvé xo

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Jennie Burrell

I am in awe of what you are doing and commend you highly for keeping mental health in the "let's talk" arena.

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Quin Arthur

Hey Ivan it was so awesome getting to meet you the other day your story is absolutely amazing and inspiring keep up all the hard work your doing im sure youll reach your goal. Will be watching the rest of your journey wishing you all the best.

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Joanne Thomson

Good luck on reaching your goal. I am enjoying your fb pagr

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Hilary Q

So proud of you. Thank you for being brave.

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Carley Sudlow

Hi Ivan Inspiring I hope to meet you on your journey up the east coast of the north island and will happily walk with you

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Alexandra Mcmillan

Just read your story on FB - best of luck with the rest of your journey :)

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Sarah Matthews

Kia Ora Ivan, My name is Sarah and I’m 19 years old living in Wellington. I have been struggling with depression for most of my teen years. I am in awe of your dedication and selflessness and I have been following you and your journey on Facebook for a while now. I know it’s not much money but it’s all I have... I will be awaiting you to come back through Wellington and I will try to make an effort to meet you! Thank you for everything you do.

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Leona

Thank you for what you have done for mental health. An the brilliant photos you have shared of your journey

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Debi Gillum

Sorry about the weather down here..it can only get better.. Cup half full..

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Marc Farge

Love the blog Ivan. Met you at river haven.

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Dee

Thank you Ivan for walking and talking, your posts are a highlight and honour to follow

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Catlins Country Store

goodluck enjoy tha catlins

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Candice Mcewen

💚👏🙏

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Rachel Gillies

All the best with the rest of your journey. I look forward to following this and learning more of your story! Take care! I hope you get to see the Catlins!

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Lynda Whitwell

Loving your continuing journey as I continue my own towards better health in every way.

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Bryce Silivetelo

Kia kaha bröther, I'm hoping our paths meet one day

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Arran Grant

Keep going Ivan!

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Matty Taylor

Hi ivan Pleased to meet you other night great chat wish you all the best on your journey take care from Matty and washingtons exploration crew

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Anonymous

Ivan, thank you for what you are doing. Your personal story is a powerful reminder to us all that hope is always within reach when walking a fragile and painful journey. It is also a reminder that healing is within reach with the support and acceptance of others. None of us are exempt from hard times where mental health which can so easily become unbalanced. The awareness you bring is also an encouragement in making good decisions for ourselves on a daily basis. Go well Ivan.

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Anonymous

Brilliant! Keep going.

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Tumai Ora Whanau Services

It was a privilege to meet you today, travel safe friend.

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Katrina Hazelhurst

You are an inspiration Ivan and hope you enjoy the rest of the beautiful South Island.

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Anonymous

Great work keep it up! The Sun always rises...xoxo

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Paul Carruthers

Well done Ivan, keep going my friend.

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Laraine Heaslip

Thank you for sharing your journey and insights Ivan. Kia kaha

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Cynthia Sundram

Hi Ivan, I came across your page on fb, and I think you are doing an incredible job at raising awareness! My father took his life in 2017 and I wished I could have done something to help him.

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Chris Wesley

Ivan you are an inspiration. Arohanui ❤

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Tammi

Well done and thankyou

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Tori

Keep smashing it Ives x

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Eric Brooks

Happy belated 50th birthday, Ivan! In awe of your dedication to the cause of mental health, thank you for making this journey!

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Declan

Thank you Ivan, I know it's not much but it's what I have. This is for you, your cause and for Tom.

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Rob Carr

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Margaret & Mark Morris

You are doing so well Ivan. Happy 50th birthday. Early little birthday present. x

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Jimmy Smith

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Anonymous

Dear Ivan, I so admire you for what you are doing, am so proud of you and would love to be there with you for some time. Maybe early next year, if you're still walking then. (Pls don't put my real name on FB, thx!) Heaps of love and bear hugs, Sasha

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Margy Wilton

so glad to catch up when you passed through palmerston north. hope the south island peiple embrace you with the warmth you deserve

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Liat Cohen

What an amazing way to connect and share experiences with others. I've scrolled through your facebook entries and have found myself weeping with recognition at some things, and with profound joy at others. Your photos are amazing as well. Thank you for undertaking this journey

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Carl Wallace

Hi Ivan. Well done mate. I passed you heading south on the Kaikoura coast the other day, I was heading north. Sadly no place to pull over. Have Deone and ruby staying with me at mo. Xxx

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Kevin Smith

Keep up the awesome awareness Ivan. Stay warm and safe my friend

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Bernadette

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Catherine Thomas

Good luck Ivan! Such an amazing effort for a great cause. :-)

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Janee Sawyer

In honour of your progress and with a deep heart for those battling mental illness...

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Lynda W

Here's the photo challenge money I promised!

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Anonymous

Going great, lovely man

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Lydia

Kia kaha, Kia māia, Kia manawanui! So proud and awe inspired by you and your walk uncle!! Te mahi, te mana, te hīkoi

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Cameron Grant

That's amazing Ivan. Thanks for sending us the map. Enjoy your rest over the next few days. You deserve it.

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Fiona

Good on you Ivan! Stay warm out there and look after yourself.

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Connor Hughes

So proud of you Ivan! Miss you bro

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Bryn Rodda

Keep it up. Some of us need help to see the blue in the sky, and not the blues in our souls.

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Nicky

Your doing great Ivan. Am do Proud of what your doing. Family always.

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Charle Farnell

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Christine Wright

Really enjoying reading your posts and following your amazing journey! Wishing you all the best!

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Bill Bennett

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Arran Grant

Inspiring

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Pennie Skinner

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Shells Mccormick

Kia ora Ivan What an amazing journey to go on, in so many ways. You are an inspiration and hope to many of us💕 May you Be the Light in the lives of those who need it the most🌟 XO Shells

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Gaylene Henderson

Awesome work Ivan. I love following your journey. Inspirational!

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Grace Simpson

Thankyou for putting some kindness, openness & awareness into the world. You make it a better place!

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Phil O’donnell

Awesome work Ivan

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Angel Riley

All the best on your journey!

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Michael Thompson

Aroha nui Ivan. Your actions are inspiring and your words are comforting. I have been following your journey closely and taking huge heart out of the feel good, positive mental health stories I read everyday. Your humble outlook is infectious. Keep walking, keep smiling and keep believing in the difference you are making. Kia Kaha brother:-) a night or two in Hamilton is here if you need it.

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Duncan Milne

I am in awe of your dedication to this cause Ivan, you are making a difference and you will inspire many to do their little bit for the world. Be safe brother and please stay with us if your travels pass through the Taupo region. Kia kaha my bro.

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Karen Tibbitts-williams

Gave you a little 'beep' yesterday as you were walking from Helensville to Waimauku, having recognised you from Earthstone Arts page! Wished I'd had time to stop the car and have a chat, and even walk with you a while. Thank you for all that you are doing. x 'May the road rise up to meet you, and may the wind be always at your back.'

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Margaret & Mark Morris

Well done so far. Love reading all about it. xx

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Patrick Newton

Keep up the good work Ivan.

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Bonny Keene

I'm Ebbs Aunty,if you need a bed in Hamilton,you are very welcome.Well done on what you are doing x x

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Margaret Barrett

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Sarah Shelton

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Catherine Shelton

With love and strength on this amazing journey

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Steve Grant

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Anne Barrer

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Tane Cafe

Al the best on your journey. Arohanui

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Anna Palmer

Go well Ivan. Thank you for raising awareness about mental health.Most of us either know someone who lives with mental health concerns or has had personal experience.

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David Morris

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Jo

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Anonymous

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Rachel P

Shout out to you e hoa. You're an inspiration and a great advocate. Rach

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Lisa, Aaron, Declan, Molly And Poppy Grant

Go Ivan! What an amazing thing you are doing xx We love you xx

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Joss Robertson

What an amazing and inspirational feat you are undertaking. Go Ivan!

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Rebecca O'shea

Go Ivan, love and power to you xxx

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Shane Mathie

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Toni Davies

Hey Ivan, you're an inspiration to us all - keep up the good work - this is a wonderful initiative on your part - you can be proud of the man you've become and humble at the same time. Cheers Bro xx

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Lola Patricia Manu

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Anonymous

You are an exeptional human being Ivan. I'm so glad I got to meet you in Kerikeri. I wish you all the best for your journey.

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Sheridan

Go forth and achieve your goals Ivan. Proud of you🙂💪

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Manda Tait

Fantastic effort...kia kaha

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Elaine Obrien

Go Ivan,Courageous and loving thing to do.

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Robina

Always knew you were someone special

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Alwyn And Jim

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Eric K. Brooks

So inspired by your courage and resolve. Honored to know you, and sending you only great vibes and hope for great adventures!

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Graeme And Alison Brown

What a challenge, you are an inspiration an good luck in achieving all your goals. Best wishes.

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Margaret Morris

You are doing an awesome thing here Ivan. Good luck and thank you. x

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Vicki Walker

Truly inspiring & admirable-may it also be of some solace to yourself. Should you come thru Taupo, you are always welcome to rest thy weary body @ my abode.

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Anonymous

Awesome effort, all the best

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Janee Sawyer

God bless you Ivan - you are supported by our prayers. What an amazing adventure - you are a brave man!

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Kate Horrey

Very best wishes on your endeavour! Wish I had more to give at the moment. Happy travels ahead!

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Charle Farnell

Walking the talk. You're an inspiration my friend

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Ellen West

Love sent to you on your journey ❤️

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Lynda Whitwell

Will try to repeat this regularly but also to touch base when you drop by near or in Palmerston North. Go well.

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Shane Mathie

U Go Bro