Aaron Tokona Charitable Trust 4 July 2020
Thank you so much for the outpouring of aroha, beautiful words and generous donations towards ensuring we can assist Asha and Karma at this tragic time.
2 weeks ago today our epic friend, father, loving partner and inspiration left us suddenly and our lives changed forever.
We have no choice but to reflect, remember and cling to the many memories of all our time with Aaron.
We are very grateful to share that the Tangi costs have now been covered. So so much aroha and support for this magical, beautiful man, his whanau and loved ones. Thank you to all of you from the bottom of our hearts.
Alongside continuing to help support Karma and Asha in some small way through this incredibly painful time, there is also something growing and beginning to gain momentum to keep shining Aarons light out into the world. Karma, whanau and friends are in the process of creating a vision for the Aaron Tokona Charitable Trust to help keep sharing his incredible wairua and kaupapa of hearty inclusivity and love with others to support self care and creativity.
The place for this vision is to be at one of his absolute favourite places, the west coast beach of Piha Auckland. Aaron's go-to for healing solitude and to connect deeply with those he loved.
Piha is the place where he ultimately wanted to have a studio -every visit there he would talk about this vision of a place for not only writing and making music, but also as a place of retreat and self care.
The goal of the trust is create a studio that can offer support and mentoring for young musicians and artists and to support mental health and wellbeing.
Aaron was always very open about his struggles with addiction and mental health and was very grateful and humbled by the support and help he received. This gave Aaron an incredible ability to connect with empathy and wisdom to others who were facing similar challenges. Because of how he lived and shared himself so openly the guiding light of the Charitable Trust is to support others to learn Self Care, the journey Aaron was on, but tragically did not get to complete.
We will continue to keep you updated as this vision evolves.
much love to you all.