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Mental Health Foundation In Touch update: April 2017

Wednesday, May 03, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: mental health, fundraising, newsletter

In this issue of In Touch, read about Auckland bungy jumping enthusiast Mike Heard's attempt to set a new world record for the most bungy jumps made in 24 hours – all while raising money and awareness for mental health.

Pink Shirt Day is coming up on Friday 26th May. Lisa Hall shares her story about why it's so important to her. Find out what you or your workplace can do for Pink Shirt Day to help stop bullying.

Check out Mal Law's latest My May Challenge and a whole lot of other awesome events to get you out of your comfort zone and supporting mental health.

Order your Barely There Vet Calendar if you enjoyed our recent story about this cheeky vet students' calendar. 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Mental Health Foundation for its work with Farmstrong.

Remember to order your Entertainment Book from the Mental Health Foundation. It's full of discount vouchers, including up to 50 percent off and 2 for 1 offers. You can order a hard copy book or purchase the app. 20 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Mental Health Foundation.

Naku iti nei,
From the Fundraising Team at the Mental Health Foundation.

Bungy jump Guinness world record attempt

Bungy jump enthusiasist Mike Heard.Auckland bungy jumping enthusiast Mike Heard will attempt to set a new world record for the most bungy jumps in 24 hours while raising money and awareness for the work of the Mental Health Foundation.

Mike will start his record attempt on behalf of AJ Hackett on the evening of Tuesday, 23 May from the AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand site on Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Mike has previously set two Guinness World Records for bungy jumping from the same location – the first in August 2008 when he jumped 103 times in 24 hours and then again in March 2014 when he jumped 80 times in 60 minutes.

“For me, bungy is about overcoming barriers and challenging myself which has helped keep me positive since I made my very first jump. The Mental Health Foundation seems a good fit and I’m really excited that I get to raise money for such a worthy organisation while doing something I absolutely love,” he says.

How a small act of kindness changed a life

Lisa Hall.Lisa Hall had no idea for a long time that her small act of kindness had such a big impact on her former classmate’s life –  that’s a big reason why she’ll be supporting Pink Shirt Day on Friday 26th May.

Pink Shirt Day is a campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation to encourage people to stamp out bullying and be kind and supportive of one another.

“Pink Shirt Day reminds me that every day we have the opportunity to do something kind to someone else,” Lisa says.

“It doesn’t have to be a big gesture, it can be something small like a smile, a wave, saying “hi” or including someone in a conversation.”

Show your support on Pink Shirt Day!

Pink Shirt Day is on Friday 26th May. We're asking New Zealanders to speak up, stand together and stop bullying.

More than 500 schools, workplaces and community groups around New Zealand have already registered to take part!

Check out the 2017 Pink Shirt Day toolkits for schools and workplaces which provide information about bullying, where to get help and advice, as well as ideas and activities for celebrating Pink Shirt Day!

Order or download Pink Shirt Day swag to show your support. We have a fantastic range of Pink Shirt Day items such as t-shirts, posters, stickers, school awards packs, and event packs.

Register your work, school or community group for Pink Shirt Day. You'll go into the draw to win five official Mr Vintage Pink Shirt Day 2017 t-shirts - if you register before 1st May.

View or order your own Mr Vintage Pink Shirt Day 2017 t-shirt.

Speak Up Stand Together and Stop Bullying: Pink Shirt Day.

Get involved: My May Challenge and more

Polaroid of Mal Law and James Harcombe.Are you looking for a challenge that will push you out of your comfort zone and help support mental health?
Then My May Challenge could be for you.

My May Challenge will coincide with Chasing the Dragon in which ultra-distance runner Mal Law and his friend James Harcombe will run 1,700km around Wales.

Find out more about the Chasing the Drgaon event.

Mal is asking you to join him by setting your own My May Challenge. It could be a running, cycling or swimming challenge – anything that gets you out of your comfort zone.

Find out more about Mal Law.

Other upcoming events

We have a limited number of free entries for the Auckland Marathon on 29th October for people who choose to run and fundraise.

Events coming up in June includes:

View a list of events you can take part in.


Mental Health Foundation of NZ.Keen on running a fundraising event? Contact Keshlar Inglis at the Mental Health Foundation (fundraising[at]mentalhealth.org.nz or 09 623 4810 ext 862).

Donate to the Mental Health Foundation.

Mental Health Foundation of NZ
PO Box 10051
Dominion Road
Auckland 1446

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