Team Gizzie Gold and Hear4U
When Andrew from Godzone Team Gizzie Gold reached out last year looking to update his technical performance wardrobe in preparation for Godzone, we were happy to help. By talking through the performance features of clothing Andrew settled on the following selection which he wore through many pre race training excercises.
Power Dry T, Power Grid Zip Polo, Traverse Overtrousers, Merino Boxers, First Layer Stretch Boxers, Silk Weight Zip Polo Long Sleeve, Silk Weight T, Excalibur Waterproof Jacket, Taslan Shorts, Spider Leggings, Legionnaires Cap.
We followed the team’s relentless training via their Facebook page, excited to follow them come race day. When Cyclone Gabrielle devastated their community, the team had to make the tough decision to pull out of the race last minute. As well as managing their own personal situations of home and work, there was also the huge disappointment of not being able to compete in a race they had devoted a year to train for physically and mentally.
Too far away to put our boots on the ground, we reached out to Andrew to see how we could help. He suggested we direct relief donations to mental health charity, Hear4U, who have leapt into action since the cyclone and rely on their partners and donations to continue.
“Due to the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle, now more than ever, our region is experiencing a huge need for mental health support going forward. Individuals just want someone to hear them and let them vent and help them process what’s happened in their lives. The constant economic challenges many face are creating widespread mental health hardships, and services of this nature are scarce.” – Hear4U
Despite this setback, Team Gizzie Gold is looking forward to competing in the next Godzone Pursuit and you can follow their journey via their Facebook Page.
Sam the Trap Man and the Waimata Valley Project
After the cyclone we also contacted Sam the Trap Man, long-time friend of Earth Sea Sky based in Gisorne. He is currently on the ground in the Waimata Valley coordinating volunteers to assist farmers clear their properties to make them operational. His positive spirit, diverted from pest control and conservation, is now in action coordinating diggers, bulldozers and volunteers.
New Zealand Land Care Trust is backing these efforts financially and any donations are appreciated.
Direct donationscan be made to NZLCT National Bank 06-0594-0026602-00. Please use “Cyclone Recovery” as reference.
Merino Pico Beanie Fundraiser
100% of Pico sales are being donated to two community initiatives in Gisborne, Hear4U (men’s mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention and to Sam The Trap Man’s Waimata Valley clean up initiative.
Support the Fundraiser here
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