Look who's doing a fundraiser!
Kia Ora awesome people,
you must be wondering what this is all about…
Firstly, a little bit about the what:
I have decided to participate in the Tarawera Ultra 50km on Saturday 13 Feb 2021 to help support the work of the Mental Health Foundation.
This will be a challenge for me - but every day can be a challenge for people who may not have the resources they need to maintain a positive well-being and function well in their everyday lives.
Join me on the this journey as I run my way through a combination of trials and forestry roads with native bush, conifer forest, parkland and thermal landscapes.
Now the important stuff, the why:
Nearly 50% of New Zealanders will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and I don’t want them to face it on their own. Your donation will help the Mental Health Foundation of Aotearoa provide people, workplaces, schools and communities with the tools they need to build positive mental health and well-being.
I want to raise $1000, so please donate today, come out for a run - either in person or virtually.
Every little bit counts!
Thank you in advance,
MAURI TU, MAURI ORA.
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First training run with my 16 year old brotherThursday 16th Jul
My WHY - For Mental HealthWednesday 8th Jul
I have been asked multiple times now why I have chosen to support the Mental Health Foundation of NZ and there are several reasons why.
This cause is one dear to my heart.
We all know someone that has been or who is still affected some way or another by mental illness or suicidal thoughts.
o On 25th October 2007 – someone I consider my stepdad, took his own life.
o In January 2015 – a school friend and drama buddy took his own life.
o And more recently someone very close to me lost a close friend of hers to suicide.
When my stepdad passed away, I didn’t quite understand how I was feeling. I was angry, I was confused. I was numb.
I refused to cry because I did not want my mum to think I wasn’t strong enough to support her through the pain she was feeling.
I was 14 at the time and remember being invited to a counselling session at school.
I recall sitting in the waiting area of the Learning centre building feeling like I was going to be judged if I said I was feeling all these different emotions. It took me 3 sessions of attending those group meetings for me to feel safe. This was my first ever encounter with the Mental Health Foundation. They didn’t force me to speak, they didn’t get angry at me for feeling certain emotions. Instead they supported me through them.
It wasn’t until I graduated high school that I realised that if it wasn’t for the support and encouragement from the Mental Health Foundation, I might have been in a different state of mind.
So let’s get talking! We need to start talking more about mental health. We need to start encouraging conversations about our mental wellbeing, so we don’t lose the ones we love.
I’m putting my hand up and out to anyone that wants to talk, wants to go for a walk, perhaps a phone call or even a fancy zoom? I am here and available – anytime.
It’s not been until more recently that I have realised the importance of understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing. Not just for me but for the people around me. I want to part of creating a safe and positive environment for all.
I believe in the work the Mental Health Foundation is doing and value the resources they provide us.
This is why I have decided to run the 50km Tarawera Ultra because I fully support the work of the Mental Health Foundation. I want and need mental wellbeing to be an ongoing conversation. Let’s make talking about our feelings a safe thing to do.
The Tarawera Ultra is going to be a HUGE challenge for me – but every day can be a challenge for people who may not have the resources they need to maintain a positive well-being and function well in their everyday lives.
Our support and donations will help the Mental Health Foundation of Aotearoa provide people, workplaces, schools and communities with the tools they need to build positive mental health and well-being.
Being active is great for our mental health – so let’s sweat for mental health.
What do you say? Ready to join the conversation and support mental health?
Thank you to my Supporters
Bren And Tara Gray