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Jono's Survival Fund for Hiking the TA

Closed Cause page created in the Health category by Jono Hartland

$7,852 donated
Given by 88 generous donors in around 9 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

250ks, 2 weeks to Bluff!   16 July 2020

Posted by: Jono Hartland

A one week extension to allocate for the remaining time through Southland. This will close on July 31 :)

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Latest donations

Karen on 27 Jul 2020
Well done Jono ! What an accomplishment!
Stephen on 27 Jul 2020
A fantastic thing you are doing here Jono, but it shouldn't be at your own expense. A little to assist to defray some of the costs......
Chelle on 27 Jul 2020
Amazing stuff and so bloody inspired by you. Thank you for showing NZ how to care ❤. You can buy 4 pies with this.
Katie on 27 Jul 2020
Amazing what you are doing 💕
Tara McLaughlin
Tara McLaughlin on 27 Jul 2020
Well done. Amazing effort. Best wishes for next steps in your journey.
Jono Hartland

Thank you so much Tara :) I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you! I appreciate it :)

Jono Hartland

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