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Jono's Survival Fund for Hiking the TA

Cause page created in the Health category by Jono Hartland

$6,442 donated

Given by 71 generous donors in around 7 months


This fund will hopefully raise funds to help me with food, camping and winter gear/equipment costs while I hike the TA for Mental Health :)

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Please note, this specific page is for personal donations only. Any money donated here will be used to help me with food and campground costs, as well as establishing myself with winter hiking gear and equipment due to the 6 week delay caused by the hiatus of Covid-19! June and July in the Alps will be very demanding and winter gear is now a necessity. A few bucks would be very gratefully received! Thank you :)

In honour of my good friend Eddie, Issy and all those that have and currently are struggling with mental illness, as of the end of November 2019 I will be hiking the Te Araroa trail, a 3000km NZ thru-hike which starts at Cape Reinga and extends the length of the country to finish up at Bluff. It will take approximately 5 months to complete and I will be campaigning for the Mental Health Foundation and the Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust along the way. I’m a huge believer in the positive effect the outdoors has on one’s mind and I intend on spreading this message as far as possible through embarking on this journey.

My ultimate goal is to maximise the awareness of mental illness prevalence amongst young Kiwis, while stamping out the stigma associated with it. In conjunction, I’d love to raise as much money as possible for the Mental Health Foundation and the Life Matters- Suicide Prevention Trust to sustain and improve their work in this area. The fundraiser pages which I have established for both of these foundations can be found here:

Donations enable the foundations to provide free information to boost awareness, implement mental health programmes, and improve effective suicide prevention. It’s going to be a team effort to turn this thing around but I believe that we can and we will.

Use of funds

The money raised here will be used to support my basic living costs such as food and campground fees while I am on the trail. If there is a surplus left in this fund at the end of the journey I will be donating this to the Mental Health Foundation.

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Latest update

Extension due to COVID  29 May 2020

Posted by: Jono Hartland

I'm extending my personal fundraiser by a month to allocate for the COVID hiatus extension. Targeting Bluff by Mid July.

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  • Dr

    Dr on 24 May 2020


    Impressive, No. 2


  • Christina

    Christina on 24 May 2020


    Hope your nibbling some Whittakers all the way x


  • Sue

    Sue on 23 May 2020


    Do hope this will assist with another pair of boot laces or the like ... all the best Jono and do hope you enjoy what must be an incredible journey. Sue Brown xx


  • Karen

    Karen on 18 May 2020


    Well done for continuing with your amazing journey


  • Jenny

    Jenny on 13 May 2020


    To help you get through winter with food and extras you may need. Best wishes


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