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Climbing my own Everest - help me raise money to prevent suicide

Fundraiser page created in the Health category by Chris Taylor


$4,670 donated
Given by 45 generous donors in 11 weeks

Every week, more than 12 Kiwis die by suicide. Let’s get going, and help Life Matters save lives.

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  Otago

Make a difference - help Life Matters tackle one of the biggest causes of death in New Zealand.

To most people, I’m the slightly mad Englishman-turned-Kiwi who does endurance events. I do love them and the massive high they create.

But that’s followed by a massive low, which I rarely talk about. It hasn’t lasted long but it’s enough to know how difficult living with depression is. My cousin lived with it for many years and recently died by suicide.

I want to do something to help. So this March, I’m climbing my own Everest. That means running/hiking 31,000 vertical metres - equal to climbing Everest 3.5 times. There won’t be snow and ice, but there will be my job and family to fit in around about three hours of climbing, every single day.

I’m raising money for Life Matters, a local charity dedicated to preventing suicide in the health care system. It’s a big mountain to climb - every week, more than 12 Kiwis die by suicide. That’s almost double those killed in car accidents. Let’s get going, and help Life Matters save lives.

About me

I settled in New Zealand with my half-Kiwi family after growing up in England and living in a few other parts of the world. I love living in Dunedin for many reasons, including the amazing outdoors where I hike, fish, hunt and explore. I’m a real estate agent by day, a chef by trade and the first one to bed in my house. But I’m the first one up each morning - you can’t beat a sunrise.

Use of funds

The funds will go to Life Matters, a charity dedicated to preventing suicide. Their goal is to have zero suicide in the health care system. They advocate for response and treatment for people who need it, before it’s too late. They provide community support and education to raise awareness and prevent stigma. They also run the Hope Centre in Dunedin, providing immediate support for people in distress or experiencing suicidal thoughts.

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Chris Taylor's involvement (page creator)

I want to do something to help. So this March, I’m climbing my own Everest. That means running/hiking 31,000 vertical metres - equal to climbing Everest 3.5 times.


Latest update

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Challenge Complete!  7 April 2021

Posted by: Chris Taylor

I am stoked to say that I managed to successfully complete my challenge of 31,000 vertical meters over 31 days in March.

In the end it was a bit of a push to the finish but I had the support of my running group, The Wednesday 6.15 Pub Runners. I was leading the group on the last day of the challenge and needed roughly 400 meters to finish. I took the group from North Road in North East Valley up the Pineapple Track to Flagstaff and over to the bullring where I had 2 minibuses waiting for us, these were greatly appreciated by the group and were generously loaned to us by Hanson Rental Vehicles and Midway Motors.

Albeit a successful challenge, I am over the moon to say that the fundraising has been the real winner on the day. Currently I have raised $6,500 for Life Matters and I hope to raise a little more than this with my Raffle closing Monday next week.

The support and generosity has been amazing and I am so pleased to have been able to help such an awesome charity.

Thank you all so much for your kindness!

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Latest donations

Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 22 Apr 2021
$20
Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

thanks so much for this donation

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust
Sarah
Sarah on 13 Apr 2021
Awesome effort Chris 👏
$100
Chris Taylor

Thanks so much for your donation! It is really generous of you and it is going to a great cause. Life Matters are doing amazing things in our community and need all the help they can get, so thank you so very much!

Chris Taylor
Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

Wow! Thanks so much for donating!

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust
Bear
Bear on 02 Apr 2021
Awesome effort Toff.
$150
Chris Taylor

Thanks so much for your donation Bear! It has been a tough challenge but what is more amazing is the support and generosity of everyone getting behind this awesome cause👊👊👊

Chris Taylor
Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

This is amazing! Thanks for your generosity :)

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust
Amy
Amy on 02 Apr 2021
$20
Chris Taylor

Thanks so much for your donation🙏 I am so pleased with the support I have received with this cause and the funds raised will help Life Matters to continue doing the amazing work they do. Thanks so much 👍👍👍

Chris Taylor
Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

this is so kind, thank you :)

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust
Amadee
Amadee on 31 Mar 2021
$50
Chris Taylor

Thank you so much for your kind donation! We greatly appreciate all the help and support we have received. I am so pleased to have been able to help this amazing charity. Thank you.

Chris Taylor
Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

thank you so much for donating!

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust

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