Nicky is tackling a 15km race in January 2024 and has decided to help raise funds for Te Kiwi Māia.
Canterbury, Christchurch City
Nicky Hansen - National Health, Safety & Wellbeing Advisor from New Zealand Land Search and Rescue has asked us to set up this Give A Little Page for her. What a legend!!! We are so proud of you Nicky!! Thanks for your support.
"I have entered a 15 km race as part of the Aotearoa Ultra Marathon through Banks Peninsula in January 2024. This part of the race starts at Gebbes Pass and winds its way over the Port Hills before descending into Halswell Quarry.
For those of you who know me, walking has become part of my own wellbeing coping mechanism and most of this has been done on the nice flat parts of Canterbury. For me to complete 15 km in the hills will be a challenge but nothing like the challenges that some people are facing.
I would like to use this opportunity to raise awareness and funds for Te Kiwi Māia who support organisations that I have been part of and that I am passionate about. Te Kiwi Māia is a charity that supports the wellbeing of NZDF and first responders. They run wellbeing clinics for these organisations and for those in need of help. They seek donations to put someone through their programme's so it is not at cost for those needing help. It costs approximately $5,000.00 to put one person into a programme. I am asking that you help me to help one first responder have access to this wonderful organisation." - Nicky Hansen
Providing rehabilitation, recovery and respite to our people, who - as a result of their role in safeguarding and caring for New Zealanders - have physical or psychological injuries.
This money will be put towards our next Wellness Week in 2024.
A note from Nicky 17 January 2024
The walk was my big challenge since leaving the Army – both physically and mentally. Physically, I have not walked that distance since I took my discharge, and I was recovering from a knee injury that saw me lose 11 weeks of vital training. Mentally – I lost my dad in December so again, a disruption to my training and being in that grief cycle made it challenging. The first 6.5 km is straight up the Port Hills from Gebbes Pass along the summit road – an elevation of 437 metres. Up to the 10 km mark was still undulating – but not as bad as the first part of the walk, and they as they say – what goes up must go down! And to add to the mix it was a good Canterbury Nor’Wester – approximately 30 degrees. My section of the race started at 11 am so walking in the heat of the day! The race ended up being 16.5 km (according to my strava app) so once the 15 km ticked that last 1.5 km was hard, very very mentally hard! And now that I have finished it and slightly recovered – what a massive achievement for me. I am proud to have raised a small amount and raise the profile for Te Kiwi Māia. I had my younger (and fitter) sister join me on this walk and she is ex navy. I was wearing a Defence Force T’Shirt that showed the logo’s for all three services and Police. Some spectators did ask about the top so I explained that I was using the walk to raise the profile and hopefully funds for Te Kiwi Māia. Now to reset and think of my challenges for 2024!
Thank you for your support.
Thanks Alex for your support!
Thanks Zandra. Appreciate your support for TKM and Nicky.