Read about our incredible fundraisers, who have raised money for the Mental Health Foundation in a variety of awesome ways. 

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Michael, Meleofa and Kairangi

When New Zealand Management Academy students offered to give their time for a two-week telemarketing campaign for Pink Shirt Day, they got more than they bargained for.

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Louise Clark

Louise Clark has never worked in retail before, yet she stands confidently behind a timber bench top held up by two piles of timber blocks greeting customers and chatting happily about her new shop.

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Katie Christison

Nearly every time Katie Christison has ever felt low, she’s either dyed her hair or got an “out of it” haircut.

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Lit and Co.

Being a teenager has never been easy – but a bright group of girls from Rangi Ruru Girls School in Christchurch are making things lighter for kids their age.

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Run4Mind

When sisters Jennalea and Rachael Laycock start running the entire length of New Zealand in September, they’d like hundreds of people behind them.

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Lynn "Red" Paterson

As 50-year-old Lynn “Red” Paterson paddles her way around the New Zealand coastline, she will be carrying a 20kg tub of coconut oil and remembering her favourite quote: “Are you made of sugar? No I’m not. Well you’re not going to melt”.

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Yoga Outdoors

In the quiet Sunday morning sun, a yoga class is flourishing in the heart of Auckland City’s Wynyard Quarter, and it’s making a difference in the community.

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Laser Group

Scott Carr, General Manager of Laser Group New Zealand, is incredibly proud of the almost $50,000 raised this year for the Mental Health Foundation through fundraising activities.

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Marama Parore

There were moments when Marama Parore was so exhausted she didn’t think she could take another step as she climbed her way up Africa’s highest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro.

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Emma Williams

If the quote, “It’s out of adversity that the strongest and wisest souls emerge,” is true, then Emma Williams is a strong woman indeed.

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Jessica Paterson

Running in a race after six months of being bed-bound with chronic fatigue syndrome seems like an impossible feat, but Jessica Paterson is not your average teenager.

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Rob Ah Chong

Despite having a mild stroke and being asthmatic, Rob Ah Chong is determined to get into the boxing ring to raise awareness and money for the Mental Health Foundation.

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Keshlar Inglis

For Keshlar Inglis, helping people raise money for the Mental Health Foundation is a dream role.

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Angela Stone

Mental illness is something very close to Angela Stone’s heart – so close it’s become the driving force behind her decision to support the Mental Health Foundation.

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Kiwi Corn Hole

Thomas Nabbs and Paloma Aelyon are determined to spread the joy of popular American game corn hole around New Zealand – and raise some money for the Mental Health Foundation along the way.

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Peter Fleming

Peter Fleming learnt the hard way what happens when you ignore a health problem; and it almost cost him his life.

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Morgan Storrie

Morgan Storrie knew something wasn’t right when she came home from school, sat down on the floor and bawled her eyes out for no apparent reason.

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Cheeky calendar

A group of Massey University students have devised a cheeky way to raise money – stripping down for a naked calendar.

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Barbara West

When Barbara West had her first panic attack watching TV one evening, she had no idea what was happening.

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Lisa Hall

For a long time, Lisa Hall had no idea 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, 26 May.

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Terry Bluck and Paul Manaena

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.

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Bungy world record smashed!

Auckland bungy jumping enthusiast Mike Heard has smashed the world record for the most bungy jumps in a 24-hour period while raising money and awareness for the Mental Health Foundation.

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Junior rugby league team gets behind Pink Shirt Day

For Riccarton Junior Knights Rugby League Club, Pink Shirt Day on Friday, 26 May was a chance to celebrate and promote the true meaning of team mates.

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JP Carré

New Zealand Police detective JP Carré is on a mission to raise awareness of mental health while running for the Mental Health Foundation in the Auckland Marathon on 29 October.

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Amy McAuley

When Amy McAuley was in the midst of depression, bulimia and alcohol addiction, she never dreamed that powerhooping would one day change her life forever.

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Chia Tierney

Chia Tierney wants her community to put their mental health and wellbeing at the front and centre of their busy lives.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro for MHF

Tauranga woman Bonnie McCash says she can now set her sights on anything after hiking almost 6,000 metres above sea level.

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Auckland Marathon runners get behind MHF

A record number of walkers and runners hit the pavement to support the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) for the Auckland Marathon.

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Running the New York Marathon for mental health

This time next year, tens of thousands of people from around the world will be running the New York Marathon – and among them will be Christchurch’s Claire Heppenstall.

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Amy McAuley

Amy McAuley’s taken hundreds of steps on her journey to recover from depression and bulimia and she’s just upped the ante by increasing her step count.

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Lee Griggs

New Zealand’s largest farm, the Molesworth Station in the South Island, is renowned for its unforgiving terrain and is aptly named the land of extremes.

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Off with the dreads

For 13 years, Joel Arnold’s trademark dreadlocks protected his ears from the elements. But they’ve been forced to adjust after he cut his dreads off to fundraise for the Mental Health Foundation.

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Tuk Tuk adventure raises more than eyebrows

Driving a tuk-tuk 3,000km across India isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it was an adventure of a lifetime for three friends.

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Student treks NZ for MHF

After almost 100 days on his feet trekking the length of New Zealand, Daniel Sanson treasures the little things, like discovering running water, sitting on a chair or sleeping under a roof.

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