Last week, the Council and the Crusaders announced we would be putting our support behind local mental health services this weekend at the highly anticipated Crusaders versus Hurricanes pre-season match in Ashburton, and I urge you to get behind this worthwhile initiative.
For every ticket sold to the Crusaders' first pre-season match of the year, the Council and Crusaders will donate $1.00 each to Safer Mid Canterbury's Life's Worth Living project, which is a fantastic way to support our local services and the people who rely on them in times of need. Our goal is to raise $10,000.
Mental health is a cause many of us in this district feel passionately about. Unfortunately, as with many rural communities, our district is not immune to poor mental health and the devastating consequences it can have on individuals, their families and friends.
That's why the Council wants to do what it can to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
We are very proud to be working with the Crusaders to deliver this initiative. The club were eager to get on board and show their support, so that together we can put much needed funds into the services that make a real difference to people's lives.
It means that come Saturday afternoon, not only will fans get to see the reigning Super Rugby champions in their first pre-season game of the year (and a few new recruits who are tipped to make an appearance), but they will also play a part in supporting Life's Worth Living project activities too.
Poor mental health doesn't discriminate. It can affect anyone at any stage in their lives. In fact, findings in the New Zealand Health Survey in recent years showed that one-in-six New Zealanders have had what is clinically referred to as a 'common' mental health diagnosis, such as depression, bipolar and anxiety. This figure demonstrates just how many lives are directly touched by mental health problems, and the reality is that many of us are in that situation or know someone who is.
Do something special this weekend and put your support behind our local mental health services. Buy your tickets to the game and help us to raise much-needed funds.
The game kicks off at the Ashburton A&P Showgrounds at 4pm.
Tickets are available online at ticketrocket.co.nz or at the gate.