Drive4life is a fundraising event at Teretonga Park on February 24, 2019, aiming to raise awareness and funds for mental health organisations. Sam Hole (20) and Bree Nutsford (18) found the number 668 heartbreaking – 668 Kiwis took their lives in the 2017-2018 year, and yet little change is happening to improve access to professional care and support.
After talking to many in the community, it became apparent that little support was available for mental health organisations and it was the smaller groups trying to make the biggest changes.
They decided something needed to be done to change the way mental health is perceived in the community. After going through their own personal struggles and seeing those around them battling with mental illness, the pair took it upon themselves to create Drive4Life.
Their drive comes from a passion of motorsport and the adrenaline-inducing experience that Teretonga Park offers. This location had provided the pair with an outlet during their own darker days, and they knew it would be the perfect location to launch their event.
“Everyone has mental health no matter how you view it. Mental illness is when your feelings, behaviour, and interactions alter.”
Sam and Bree have a vision to create a day where everyone is welcome, and the whole family can get together and go to an event that caters for all ages. They aim for it to not only benefit those who attend but everybody in Southland. They also hope to spread the word and get people to reach out to loved ones when they are struggling.
“Using the facilities already within our community, we hope to connect people with activities to provide passive support and safe outlets for people who feel isolated by their mental health. We want people to know that it is okay to speak up. Reducing the stigma around the topic will mean less people suffer in silence.”
Drive4Life gives the community a chance to step out of their comfort zone, try something new and experience Teretonga in a way that’s never been seen before.
Join us for a fun-filled day packed with excitement and activities for all ages. There will be hot action on the Teretonga race track, kids club, food, crafters, club activities and much, much more!
“It’s currently a taboo subject that few will talk about openly and sadly that’s half the problem.”
They would like to thank Teretonga Park and the Southland Sports Car Club for turning their dreams into reality and revving up the mental health community. The groups have made it so the young couple can fuel their passion and help the community in need. It was also appreciated when they approached What’s On Invers about sponsoring the event; they didn’t hesitate to jump on board as the presenting sponsor.
Gates open at 10am on Sunday, February 24, and they welcome anyone interested in participating in the events on the day to contact Drive4life on their Facebook page where you can also download entry forms.
Healing is not linear, and everybody grows in different ways. However, having help and support within the community makes the development a little easier.
Lifeline 24/7: Call 0800 54 33 54 (0800 LIFELINE) or Text 4357 (HELP).