timberland sweater Community Scoop 606 Shoes for Suicide Prevention Near Parliament
The shoes arrive in Nelson and Whanganui at noon today, Blenheim and Paraparaumu tomorrow, with a final event in Levin on Saturday from 9am.”When we first spoke with bereaved families about this project we said the roadshow would be worth doing if we saved just one life,” he says. “We’ve been deeply touched by the unexpected outpouring of support and the readiness of Kiwi’s to embrace a message of hope that suicide is preventable and change is possible.”Oosterman says two clear messages have surfaced at each event:”We need to ask our family, friends and workmates if they are ok more and we need to ensure mental health services are there to support us when we ask for help,” he says.Oosterman says the Levin shoe project, the last before Parliament, is an example of how the events have empowered bereaved families to speak out and “be in the driver seat of change”.”Just five months ago, seventeen year old student Jamie Lynn lost her 32 year old brother in law Philip Shanks to suicide,” he says. “She’s turned her personal loss into a project of hope, organising her principal, fellow students and community to collect shoes and come together to show the power of community solidarity.”Mrs Lynn will join bereaved families from more than twenty towns across the country at the Wellington event, Oosterman says.On Monday 11 September, the first day of advanced voting, families will meet politicians face to face in an event open to media to talk about the change they want to see, Oosterman says.Bereaved families election pledgesBereaved families have asked politicians to “put politics aside and do what is right for everyone” and to commit to six pledges: Hold a mental health inquiry Restore $2.3b in health funding Set a suicide reduction target Increase primary health and GP funding (early intervention)Every major party has responded except National and Act who have been given until Sunday to respond. All parties have been invited to attend the Sunday and Monday events. 7 September Wanganui 606 shoes, park opposite War Memorial Steps, 11am setup, 12 noon media, 1pm packdown. 7 September Nelson 606 shoes, Church Steps, 11am setup, 12 noon media, 1pmpackdown. 8 September Kapiti Coast 606 shoes, Paraparaumu Beach, opposite 32 Marine Parade,11am setup, 12 noon media, 1pm packdown. 8 September Blenheim 606 shoes, Stadium 2000, 11am setup, 12 noon media 9 September Levin 606 shoes, Te Takere, 11am setup, 12 noon media, 1pm packdown. 10 September Parliament grounds World Suicide Prevention Day 606 shoes, 11amsetup, 12 noon, 1pm pack down, 2pm setup at Cenotaph with shoes and candles, 5pm Candles setup, 6pm Candles at sun down, 8pm packdown.