When I was younger I read this quote which gripped my heart – “What kind of person are you? You see, there are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.” I was so gripped by this quote that I said to myself before God, let me be a person that “makes things happen”.

I’m a big dreamer, I love making a difference. Six years ago I lost a good friend to suicide. Wanting to be someone who ‘makes things happen’, I started a movement called “HopeWalkNZ”. Our aim was to raise greater awareness around suicide and promote suicide prevention agencies which are already in place. Our dream was that this ‘walk’ would grow into a national walk of suicide awareness. Our dream has taken its first steps with our first walk completed in South Auckland. There was an amazing turn out of all ages and nationalities. Everyone marched in yellow together, as a sign of love, unity and awareness.

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