Bruce Hopkins Walks The Long Way Home for GRG
- $6,800.00 donated
- 70 generous donors
Bruce Hopkins (aka 'Gamling' in LOTR) is walking the Te Araroa Trail raising funds for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ
Bruce Hopkins is set to take on the Te Araroa Trail [https://www.teararoa.org.nz/]; walking over 3,000 kilometres from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island with the goal to raise $100,000 for Kiwi charity Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ.
Setting off on October 14th, Bruce’s journey is estimated to take an impressive five months, seeing him averaging between 15 to 30 kilometres each day. Considering Bruce only completed his first overnight tramp just over a month ago, his mantra is quite fittingly “one foot in-front of the other”.
“I know I’m in for a huge challenge which will both physically and mentally push me to my limits. One thing I’m not lacking is motivation and commitment. Having the opportunity to support such a great charity like Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a true honour.”
A grandfather of three, Bruce treasures the time he gets to spend with them as a grandparent, and empathises with grandparents around New Zealand who are having to step back into the parental role often as the result of a traumatic family breakdown.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ provides support to over seven thousand grandparents and whanau caregivers who care for more than twelve thousand children across New Zealand, a figure that has nearly doubled over the last ten years. The Trust’s Chief Executive Kate Bundle explains,
“The top three reasons children end up with their grandparents are the parents’ drug addiction, domestic violence and family breakdown. Sadly, these three often come as a package, leaving children traumatised and needing some form of specialist support.”
Grandparents are needing to step back into the parental role, often with little notice and preparation. Kate continues,
“Getting financial support, good advice, professional help and support for the child's needs to stabilise and normalise their lives along with some respite are among the key challenges grandparents face as caregivers. Often a grandparent will need to give up work and care for the grandchild, with many having to turn to social security benefits. They also find it difficult to find a caregiver who can give them a break every now and then.”
“Families we support face a number of challenges when stepping back into the parental role. They often turn to us for advice and support on how to introduce traumatised children to a stable home-life and establish a sense of normality for them. Often a grandparent will need to give up work and care for the grandchild, with many having to turn to social security benefits. They also find it difficult to find a caregiver who can give them a break every now and then.”
Funds raised through Bruce’s Givealittle will go towards support programmes, the ‘trauma-informed’ caregiver education programme and direct one-on-one support.
“Despite many hardships, these grandparents would go to the ends of the earth for their grandchildren.”
"We are delighted to be working with Bruce to raise awareness of the needs of these families during his Long Walk Home and our members are looking forward to sharing some of their stories with Bruce during his journey, the length of New Zealand.
GRG Trust NZ looks forward to your support in helping Bruce raise awareness of the needs of grandparent care families and to achieve his goal of raising $50,000 to help grandparent care families nationwide.
Bruce will travel light with the bare essentials; a tent, sleeping bag, cooker, water filter and enough food to last until the next town where he can restock.
See Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ's website for more information about the Trust and it's work.
Funds donated will be applied to GRG’s SALT (Simply Acquired and Learned Techniques) ‘trauma-informed’ caregiver education programme and outreach/advocacy services plus Te Araroa trail expenses and food costs up to a max of $6,000 with donations applied equally until $12,000 is raised, after which all funds will be used for GRG's SALT and outreach/advocacy services.
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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust (GRG) provides support services to full-time grandparent and whanau caregivers empowering them to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home that protects and promotes the well-being and development of the vulnerable children and grandchildren in their care.
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