Chance to help adds drive to walk challenge
Walker to help get All Blacks Don't Cry into South Canterbury schoolsEMMA BAILEY
Fleur Lind is walking 21.1km to help prevent youth suicide and depression.
The 53-year-old Timaru woman heard about Hayden Vaughan's mission to get the former All Black Sir John Kirwan's book about his battle with depression All Blacks Don't Cry into South Canterbury high schools to help prevent youth suicide and depression. She wondered how she could help.
"I had already decided I was going to do the 10km walk in the South Island Masters Games but I thought I should push myself and do it for a memorable reason. So I decided, a month out, to do the half marathon and turn it into a fundraiser for this great cause."
She has run 14 half marathons and two full marathons in the past, but now sticks to walking and is busy training for the event on Saturday, October 13.
"I really enjoy walking and I am enjoying the training. If I could raise some money for Hayden to buy these books that would be fantastic."
Schools have already signalled their support for Mr Vaughan's plan, with 276 copies of the books requested and one school keen to use it in the English department as a project.
He also encourages people who have a copy of the book to donate it and it will be passed on to a school for a teenager to read.
Sir John was also behind the project.
To sponsor Mrs Lind on her walk visit her website www.spikandspan.co.nz.
To find out more about the project visit the Facebook page: AllBlacksDontCryIntoSchools. Books can be dropped off at Mr Boats in Redruth or Petite Wine Bar in the Royal Arcade.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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