Cruising for awareness

by Ann Van Engelen

The second annual Cruise for a Change — Suicide Awareness fundraiser was held on Sunday to encourage car and motorbike enthusiasts to come together and fight against suicide whilst raising funds for charity.

“We ended up at the Mag n Turbo show, and it was a great day out together,” says organiser Georgia Provis.

The Rolleston resident established the event after a close friend took his own life nearly two years ago.

“Everyone I know has lost at least one person to suicide including workmates, friends, or family members and I thought people do these kinds of cruises for other charities but not so many for mental health, so I created one.

I didn’t know if it was a good or bad idea, but last year 1,000 people come along even though it was the same day as Bathurst and teeming down with rain.

We raised $2,500 for Lifeline and Youthline.

“We want those who are struggling to be able to speak up and know it is ok to call for help. We appreciate the people who support our events — it is a really important topic. Funds raised on Sunday will go to Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support, known as MAHPS.

“Another cruise to Akaroa is planned for April, and we will host a big event later in the year Rangiora Showgrounds. Check out the Cruise for a Change — Suicide Awareness Facebook page for more information.

“If you or someone you know needs help call 0800 Lifeline, YouthLine on 0800 376 633 or free text 234.”