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Mental Health Foundation In Touch update: May 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: mental health, newsletter, fundraising

In this issue of In Touch:

  • two Kiwis from Laser Group are biking their way across Australia to raise money for the Mental Health Foundation.
  • Former POD participant Natalie Lanfear tells us about being selected to attend the World Merit 360 conference in London to advocate for mental health.
  • One week to go until Pink Shirt Day on Friday 26th May.
  • You can also win a free bungy jump to support Mike Heard who will be attempting to set a new world record for the most bungy jumps in 24 hours to raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation.

On a side note, current POD participant Lucy McSweeney is petitioning the Government to provide compulsory mental health education in schools at all year levels. She needs 10,000 signatures and already has more than 6,000.
Find out more and sign the petition for compulsory mental health eduction in NZ schools.

We must say a big think you to everybody taking part in My May Challenge. So far, 50 people have taken part and raised more than $25,000 for the Mental Health Foundation. Thank you all!

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

Laser Group bikers ride for mental health

Kiwi motorbike rider Terry Buck.Kiwis Terry Bluck and Paul Manaena can’t wait to jump on their motorbikes and travel across Australia on a charity bike ride to raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

The pair both work for Laser Group – a leading network of electrical and plumbing contractors in New Zealand and Australia. Laser Group New Zealand has been heavily involved over the years raising money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation.

They’ll be joined on their bikes by about 30 Australian Laser Group members who are raising money for the Australian mental health charity beyondblue.

The Monkey off Your Back Ride starts in Melbourne on 6th June and finishes in Cairns on 13th June. The group will travel along the National Highway M31 covering 3,274km.

Mental health advocate takes on the world

Mental health advocate Natalie Lanfear.When Natalie Lanfear was housebound due to anxiety and depression, she never dreamt she would one day be heading overseas for a conference to advocate for mental health.

But that’s exactly what the 24-year-old New Plymouth resident will be doing in August.

“It’s very exciting. I’m still trying to get my head around it,” says Natalie, who is originally from the UK.

She was one of 360 people chosen from 10,000 applicants from around the world to attend the week-long World Merit 360 conference in London.

The World Merit 360 conference will focus on 17 of the United Nations' sustainable development goals. Natalie will be part of the group coming up with an action plan to tackle the sustainable goal of good health and wellbeing. She will be focusing on mental health.

Celebrating Pink Shirt Day

There's just one week to go until Pink Shirt Day.

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

Get involved: Win a bungy jump!

Bungy jumping legend Mike Heard will attempt to set a new world record for the most bungy jumps made in 24 hours to raise money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation.

You can get involved by:

You can also win a free jump on the Mental Health Foundation Facebook page.

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

We have a whole lot of other awesome events you can take part in including:

Contact the Fundriasing Team at the Mental Health Foundation if you are keen on running a fundraising event (fundraising[at]

Find out about other events to take part in.

Mental Health Foundation of NZ.Keen on running a fundraising event? Contact the Fundrasing Team at the Mental Health Foundation (fundraising[at]

Donate to the Mental Health Foundation.

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

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