Age is just a number

$135 donated
Given by 5 generous donors in around 9 months

To support people who need it... Check out @mumma_bears_cave where I will share my journey, food ideas and gym workouts from my own gym :)


At the end of 2019 I damaged my meniscus play netball. After what was supposed to be a simple surgery in January 2020 ,that would get me back on the fire trucks within 14 weeks.. this surgery turned out as a removal of the meniscus keeping me off the trucks for 9 months.

During this time I struggled mentally, physically and I ended up at 90kg. I then decided to study as a personal trainer and got my nutrition sorted losing 22kg.

So to challenge myself for this year and get up on stage and do my thing.

And raise money while I am at it ..

The money raised goes to

Te Kiwi Māia

The Courageous Kiwi

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. We enable our people and their families to continue healthy, positive lives

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Toni Van de Westerlo's involvement (page creator)

I want to help because I am able to and its a great cause

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Wellness Week May 2022  2 June 2022

Posted by: Te Kiwi Māia

We have been planning for the past year our first wellness retreat where we take away some of our First Responders and NZDF personnel. With lots of help and advice from specialists, support from the organisations and fundraising we were able to take a group of 12 away last week to a gorgeous location for some much needed support and time out.

We are so thankful and blessed to these amazing people who look after us daily, and to be able to look after them is why we set up in the first place. Thank you St John, Fire and Emergency and the Royal New Zealand Navy for trusting us with your people.

Thank you also to our Give-a-Little supporters for your kind donations. We were able to put your funds towards this retreat, and we hope to be able to run another one before the end of the year.

To our Te Kiwi Māia Pioneers - thank you for leading the way, embracing the week and helping shape the support and services we will provide into the future. It is an honour to have you as part of our Te Kiwi Māia Family.

"For me this week was a godsend. I have been struggling like many others with maintaining positive mental wellbeing due to work stressors and have more recently been suffering the effects of burnout. This got me to a point where a month ago I couldn’t see how I could continue to be any part of this organisation without it destroying me or my family and was resigned to the fact that I would have to leave the organisation.

Attending the Te Kiwi Māia programme has had a truly profound effect on my physical and mental wellbeing that is hard to put into words.

I am now more positive towards change, feel more in control of my emotions and actions, more connected to loved ones, more resilient to trauma, more accepting of differences, a greater sense of self worth, and have had a huge improvement in my overall wellbeing.

I feel the happiest and healthiest I have been in a long time which has definitely been noticed by workmates and more importantly my whanau.

But best of all the week has taught me the warning signs when my wellbeing is regressing and effective tools and processes that with practice will help keep me well for years to come. " - TKM PIONEER

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NZ Armed Forces & Emergency Services ICN Bodybuilding & Fitness 2021 Competition

Help Te Kiwi Māia - The Courageous Kiwi by supporting your friends and family who are doing this awesome competition in fundraising for TKM.

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Big Rob
Big Rob on 09 Mar 2021
Good Luck
Pedrow on 28 Feb 2021
Good work
Book of Maps
Book of Maps on 25 Feb 2021
Bit broke but I will at least say ‘awesome stuff’. Great charity - never heard of it before until now.
Toni Van de Westerlo

Thanks heaps... your awesome 👌

Toni Van de Westerlo
Simon on 22 Feb 2021
Your gonna smash it
Tanya on 22 Feb 2021
Good luck 😍

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