Kiwi Khans Mongol Rally 2020
Helping the victims of suicide bereavement and those left behind.Nationwide
The Kiwi Khans intend on participating in the 2020 Mongol Rally charity fundraising event. The rally will see them driving a car no larger than 1200cc approximately 16000km from London to Mongolia. In February 2018 the Hartley and Hanson families were struck with a family tragedy that is still ongoing to this day. Our Father disappeared and is still missing. Due to the grief our Mother took her own life a month later. We have been left to pick up the pieces and navigate a world and society that has big issues in dealing with bereavement, mental health, bureaucracy and the courage to deal with confronting situations. The suicide rate in New Zealand is alarmingly high and unacceptable. There are some very good organisations out there raising awareness about seeking help for mental health issues and suicide reduction however we are of the opinion that even with all the good work going on there will still be victims of suicide. From each of these suicides a new group of victims are created, these are the victims of bereavement and we believe there is a shortfall in services available and an awareness in society. With that in mind we intend on taking part in the Mongol Rally for 2 key reasons: 1. Through this tragedy we have learnt that as cliche as it sounds, life is too short and if you let the pressures of modern society it can end in terrible consequences. That is why we want to make the most of the short time we have on this planet, have amazing experiences and create lasting memories. For us right now the Mongol rally will go a long way to satiating that hunger. 2. From the early days of this tragedy we all decided that we wanted to one day share our story and give back. If we can help only 1 person navigate the horrors of suicide bereavement then that would be a success. Although we have much loftier targets in mind. As the Mongol rally is a charity based event we have decided that we would like to raise funds for Victim support NZ. Victim support were involved with us a couple of days after our new lives begin. Our case officer was amazing but even she was at a loss on how to help us after our first visit. Credit to her she went away and researched complex grief and ambiguous loss and even though she couldn't take away our pain she could begin to help us navigate our new lives. It is our intention that all funds raised through this page will go to Victim Support to help any person that is affected by Suicide bereavement.
Daniel Hanson's involvement (page creator)
As suicide bereaved victims, myself and my family were assisted by victim support in the aftermath of our tragedy. The Kiwi Khans 2020 Mongol Rally team are driving a 1200cc vehicle from London to Mongolia to raise funds for Victim Support NZ.
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This page was created on 22 Jan 2020 and closes on 17 May 2021.