Fleur walks the talk for Kirwan book

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 05:00 14/11/2012
Fleur Lind’s half-marathon walk at last month’s South Island Master Games raised $1800 for Hayden Vaughan’s project to get copies of All Blacks Don’t Cry into schools.
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BATTLED ELEMENTS: Fleur Lind’s half-marathon walk at last month’s South Island Master Games raised $1800 for Hayden Vaughan’s project to get copies of All Blacks Don’t Cry into schools.

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Another 60 copies of Sir John Kirwan's All Blacks Don't Cry will be delivered to schools around South Canterbury thanks to Fleur Lind walking the talk.

The 53-year-old Timaru woman walked the half-marathon at last month's South Island Masters Games to raise money for Hayden Vaughan's project to get copies of the former All Black's book into schools.

Local Rotary clubs sponsored Mrs Lind to the tune of $1500, while she raised $300 herself.

"People were really considerate. I was so happy with the support I got for the project. The rest home residents where I work were wonderful," Mrs Lind said.

Mr Vaughan began his mission to get Sir John's book into South Canterbury high schools in September.

So far, schools have requested about 300 copies, while Roncalli College will embark on a new mental health project for its year 10 students, based on the book's lessons.

Mrs Lind said her fundraising efforts meant she would be able to order another 60 more books toward's Mr Vaughan's project.

"The weather made the walk very tough. I was battling the rain and wind.

"But it reminded me that coping with depression and mental illness isn't a sprint, it's a marathon, and you have to work hard and be strong," she said.

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.

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