Help bereaved Kiwis and families put 579 shoes representing loved-ones lost to suicide in towns across New Zealand.
We’re taking 579 pairs of shoes from Bluff to Wellington and another 579 from Cape Reinga to Wellington. Local groups will join us on the roadshow or run their own shoe event. Individuals holding their loved ones shoes can join the movement too.
It’s a simple, effective action that gets media attention and creates a platform for bereaved Kiwis to talk about the change they want to see.
At each shoe event, a local affected by suicide will tell their personal story to media while holding a pair of their loved-ones shoes. The 579 shoes will provide a stunning backdrop. It’s a vigil not a protest. The shoes are the message, we don’t need placards.
As we travel across the country we’ll build momentum up to the International Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September. The roadshow will finish with shoes on Parliament steps, while others events are held across the country. We’ll support as many families who spoke during the roadshow to come to Wellington.
On the next day, September 11, the first day of advanced voting, we’ll run a public meeting about suicide, mental health, wellness and change. The meeting will give bereaved Kiwis the chance to talk about the change they want to see. We’ll invite politicians and ask them if they will set a suicide prevention target (we haven’t got one!), run an independent inquiry into our mental health crisis and other demands. It will be open to the media and will be streamed online.