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Will to Live - helping rural NZ's most vulnerable young people

Closed Cause page created in the New Zealanders category by Elle Perriam

$1,000 donated

Given by 11 generous donors in around 6 months


'Will to Live' provides on-going mental health awareness and education touring regional NZ.

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Suicide in rural New Zealand is higher than any other demographic having a lasting ripple effect through a community - especially with our young people, who are often the largest statistic.


'Will to Live' was formed as a chartiable foundation to provide on-going awareness and education through touring regional New Zealand targeted at the vulnerable young rural New Zealanders who are often isolated from essential mental health services.

Elle Perriam, founder of Will to Live, lost her partner who was a North Otago shepherd to suicide in 2017 and she is determined to spread a positive message of gratitude to encourage relisence using her late partner's huntaway, Jess, as a symbolic reminder of the need to Speak Up collectively.


On the 2019 Speak Up Tour (June-August 2019), Elle, Jess and many inspirational local and national speakers will host a casual evening of talks & tips on the topic of getting through the tough times on your own when help might not be near, and how to navigate the storms together as a community.

Use of funds

Your donation will contribute to the costs of the 2019 Speak Up Tour & the on-going work of Will to Live, including a 2020 tour focused on improving the education of farm managers/owners on the wellbeing of their workers.

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  • Merlot

    Merlot on 22 Oct 2019



  • Roger

    Roger on 01 Oct 2019


    Excellent cause, hope you can keep up the great work


  • Iain

    Iain on 30 Sep 2019


    An inspirational team with a simple yet powerful message for rural NZ - thank you!


  • Sam

    Sam on 29 Sep 2019


    Awesome work


  • Mark

    Mark on 29 Sep 2019


    Elle. I saw the programme on Country Calendar this evening on the Will to Live work you are doing. Very inspirational.


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This page was created on 29 May 2019 and closed on 30 Nov 2019.
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