March 04, 2019
King gumboot idea wins support in suicide sector
New Zealander of the Year Mike King’s Gumboot Friday plan to raise funds for suicide prevention is getting a groundswell of support from communities working in the sector.
Mr King wants to money to boost early intervention services so young people can get the help when they need it.
Maria Baker from Te Rau Matatini says it’s likely to get the big thumbs up from this week’s Waka Hourua National Māori & Pasifika Suicide Prevention Hui Fono in Wellington.
"There are many of us in the community across different pathways that are very supportive of Mike's campaign, particularly to get the assistance to young people they need early. Gumboot Friday, what a neat way to fundraise, a true Aotearoa campaign, and we will all be in there to tautoko," she says.
Waka Hourua has been working with Mr King and Ezekiel Raui from his Key To Life Trust on their Tū Kotahi programme, which allows young people to support other young people with a wraparound school and community approach.
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