Kirwan's book going into nation's schools

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 26/06/2014
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Launch: Hayden Vaughan is going national after successfully integrating John Kirwan's books into South Canterbury schools.

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A project launched in South Canterbury to help prevent youth depression and suicide is going nationwide.

Hayden Vaughan started the project from Timaru in September 2012, with the aim of getting former All Black Sir John Kirwan's book about his battle with depression, All Blacks Don't Cry, into South Canterbury high schools.

Westpac Bank has now come on board, with the aim of boosting the project to a national audience.

Vaughan, who now lives in Christchurch, said the support from Westpac meant his goal of going national would be reached.

People can drop off copies of the book at any Westpac Bank branch.

There are more than 650 of the books in schools so far. A range of school departments are using them, including English and physical education, guidance counsellors and libraries. The books have also been distributed to police stations and community groups.

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- The Timaru Herald

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