The Northland girls who ran the half marathon for their friend Madeleine
Whether You Ran, Walked, Donated or Spread the Word - We Want To Say Thank You So Much.
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you either took part in or donated to our Round the Bays fundraiser, Run for HELP.
We have been so touched by the support you have shown, either through your physical and mental effort in training and preparing for the Run - or in the donation you so generously made to support someone you know who ran or walked on Sunday 18th February.
A whole bunch of getting together at 8.30 AM!
The grand total raised to date (and donations are still coming in!) is $14,619. About two thirds of this has been raised by the Northland girls, pictured at the very top of this email - such an amazing effort in honour of their beloved friend, Madeleine.
This will make an incredible difference to our work. Every year we see more than twice the number of people we are funded to support. We would rather people didn't need us at all, but the sad truth is, we all know someone who has been affected by sexual abuse.
Together, last Sunday, we ran and walked to say, sexual violence is unacceptable and it has to stop. It takes courage to speak out, but the only way we can stop it is if we do - and you have.
From L-R: Angela Fisher our Finance Manager and her husband Ross; Brodie Joyce and her mum Theresa; Mel Calvesbert from NZ Defence and our Crisis Support Worker Sela Luapo; Pete and Bette Cosgrove; and Conor Twyford our CE and newly elected WCC Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons, who holds the newly created sexual violence portfolio at Council.
Nope TEE Competition Winners!
Congratulations to Brodie Joyce and Tamsin Royson for your incredible efforts to raise funds for HELP. There were many people to choose from, but your aroha and energy for the cause really stood out. Your tees are in the post!
Ride for HELP Team - Tour Aotearoa
Finally, as our newest Friends of HELP, you might be interested in following our next adventure - Ride for HELP. Tomorrow morning, Paul Ash, Trina Whittaker and Theresa Andrews set off from Cape Reinga to ride the length of Aotearoa to raise funds for us! You can follow their progress here.