Cold Water Challenge for NZ Rural Mental Health

$1,225 donated
Given by 24 generous donors in 7 weeks

Raising money for Rural Change - Mental Health Services for Farmers


Hey team! I’m joining in with the Will to Live fundraiser by participating in the 30-day Cold Water Challenge, all to raise money for Rural Change.

This past year has been rough, so if I can jump in cold water for the month then hopefully I can raise some money to help our rural community.

Asking for money/help is not normally my thing, but sometimes you got to get uncomfortable to make change happen. Anything you want to donate, will go towards supporting mental health services for farmers.

What’s RuralChange?

In September 2021 Will To Live Charitable Trust will be launching “RuralChange” which is mental health fund that provides free private psychologists for New Zealand Farmers.

This was motivated by the devastatingly long 8-week waiting lists to see a psychologist or counsellor currently in the public health system. We feel this is not good enough, this length of wait-time has not decreased in the past 4 years!

We are going to provide 3x private counselling sessions per farmer with the aim of only a 2-3 day waiting time.

This fund will easily be accessible to anyone employed, managing or owning a farming operation in NZ. Usually the cost per hour for a private session can range from $150-$250.

Lets look after our countrys hard working food producers aye!

Why cold water?

The Wim Hof movement has been proven to boost immunity and help with stress (something I have battled with personally).

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Participating in

30 Day Cold Water Challenge Fundraiser

Will To Live X Nigel Beach from Element Health, convince farmers to get cold for a cause.

Latest donations

Gillian on 09 Sep 2021
I admire you Gill for this challenge, well done🙏🏻 Jill & Bill
Georgie on 07 Sep 2021
Keep up the good work Gill. Not many days now
Peter on 29 Aug 2021
Well done Gill!! Looks like you are smashing the challenge :) all the best from the uk xx
Steph on 27 Aug 2021
Gill you’re a superstar! X
Nicholas on 25 Aug 2021
Keep at it!

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