Natalie Blakey is collecting pairs of shoes in Kerikeri
Kerikeri local Natalie Blakey didn’t just volunteer to collect pairs of shoes for suicide awareness, she spread the word in the media too.
Natalie is helping collect shoes for YesWeCare.nz’s national roadshow calling for a national suicide reduction target and an independent inquiry into mental health.
The project will take 579 shoes across the North and South Island sharing stories from Kiwis affected by suicide.
Natalie told the Bay Chronicle her partner lost a close friend to suicide, so the cause is dear to her.
“The shoes will be a really big eye opener to see how many people should have been standing there.”
Volunteers have donated 300 pairs of shoes
255 / 579
45 / 579
The success of our roadshow relies on collecting the final 858 shoes. We now have 16 places to drop off shoes across the country.
We’re looking for people affected by suicide to speak to media
While the shoes create a striking visual background, it’s a local story that provides impact. We’re looking for locals affected by suicide who are comfortable sharing their story and speaking about the change you want to see. You’ll need to be named and hold a pair of your loved ones shoes for a photo. More than one speaker is great.
Roadshow dates confirmed
On behalf of the 200 bereaved families in YesWeCare.nz