Paddle for Purpose

$17,127 of $30,000 goal
Given by 221 generous donors in around 11 months

Sea kayaking from Cape Reinga to Wellington for charity

Cared, Connor, Drew and Kurt are avid lovers of the outdoors. We are sea kayaking from Cape Reinga to Wellington (2000+ km) down the east coast to raise money for NZ Mental Health Foundation and Live Ocean.

We have selected these two charities because as a group, we recognise the importance of mental health and we want to support those in need, those working in this sector and hope to remove some of the stigma around getting support for your mental health. All of us have also found solace through exercise and nature. We believe that time and exercise in nature can help heal the body, mind and soul, so we also want to support Live Ocean who are doing amazing work trying to make out oceans healthier. We hope, with your help, to leave our moana and awa better than we found it, so that others can also find the same solace we have.

We left from Cape Reinga on 6th March 2024 and expect to arrive in Wellington mid to late May. All money that is raised will be donated equally to our two charities. Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated.

Live GPS Tracking of our Paddle for Purpose team is available in the link below (

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Paddle for Purpose. Kayaking from Cape Reinga to Wellington for charity.   14 July 2024

On May 19th we achieved our goal to kayak from Cape Reinga to Wellington down the east coast of the North Island, New Zealand, to raise money for NZ Mental Health foundation and Live Ocean. This was an unbelievable experience, filled with ups and downs. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who helped us along the way, and of course to everyone who donated to our amazing charities.

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Luke, Vivienne, Zoe and Noah
Luke, Vivienne, Zoe and Noah on 20 Jun 2024
Awesome mahi lads and great causes to support!
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 10 Jun 2024
Lynnis on 28 May 2024
A great accomplishment. Thanks for the excellent daily reports, and opening yourself up to the public. You all have my total admiration.
David Starshaw
David Starshaw on 28 May 2024
Well done, Cared :)
Joni on 26 May 2024
Amazing! I’ve only just come across this page today but love your work.

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This campaign started on 9 Aug 2023 and ended on 15 Jul 2024.