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Walk for Life--Supporting Youth Suicide Prevention while hiking Te Araroa

Closed Fundraiser page created in the Health category by Alan Hodgson

$1,310 of $2,000 goal

Given by 15 generous donors in 8 weeks


I am walking Te Araroa Trail to raise money equally for Youth Suicide Support Agencies, Lifeline and Life Matters.

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For a number of years I had wanted to walk the length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa Trail. In December 2018, at 63 years of age, I finally kicked it off by walking 90 Mile Beach. I was so taken by the beauty of our country, I decided in November last year to give it a good knock but do it for a worthy cause.

The alarming and shameful rate of young people ending their lives unnecessarily was played out before me several times during my children's high school years and I decided to try to raise funds for organisations here to help, but struggling for funds.

So over the past 2 months I have grunted my way down country over 700km in stages, whilst returning to work in between to earn a living.

I have met and walked with many amazing people from all counties of the world and experienced unlimited kindness from so many Kiwis on the way.

Thankyou all.

The journey will continue until the seasons make it too uncomfortable, then resume in Spring.

Alan Hodgson's involvement (page creator)

I have been saddened by the terrible suicide rates in New Zealand especially amongst our youth.

I am currently walking Te Araroa Trail in stages to raise money to equally support these two worthy causes.

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Latest update

New gallery images  31 March 2020

Posted by: Alan Hodgson

Hi everyone,

As I am now restricted , by the present lock down, to walking my dog to the local park and back, I have added some more pics to my gallery. Hope you enjoy them as much as i have enjoyed the journey so far.

Cheers, Alan.

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Latest donations

  • Louise

    Louise on 28 Apr 2020


    Thank you


  • S m

    S m on 22 Mar 2020


    Well done , enjoying seeing the journey.


    • Alan Hodgson

      Hey thanks for the kind donation guys. I'm enjoying sharing the journey with you all Starting to feel like a big family outing..half marathon each day :-)

  • Debbie

    Debbie on 20 Mar 2020


    Hi Alan, Great Cause, Good on you. Stay safe and well.... Happy Walking! (Deb from ITM )


    • Alan Hodgson

      Hey Debs, Wow you are an angel That's a huge slice of your pay and I hope your generosity is well rewarded I will have a few tales to tell you over the counter on my return Cheers

  • Dee

    Dee on 14 Mar 2020


    Proud of you Alan, and what a great charity to support !


    • Alan Hodgson

      Hey far away family friend, thanks heaps for your kind donation. Forgive my tardy response. Been stuck in a supermarket queue for days :-)

  • Wayne a

    Wayne a on 14 Mar 2020


    Good on ya mate .wayne a


    • Alan Hodgson

      Cheers Wayne. Tight lines on your fishing escapade.

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