Mud run raises $600 for mental health fund

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Gore High School pupils Jakob Harrex (16) and Emma Johnston (18) organised a mud run during the weekend.

Emma said they organised the mud run to raise money and awareness around metal health.

“We saw a need for it within the school and community,” Emma said.

The event generated just under $600, which was put into a fund to pay for people who needed counselling and other mental health services to get help, she said.

The fund would be overseen by a committee, Emma said.

They had been planning to host a mud run for a while but were not sure what to put the money towards, she said.

“We saw it as a way to give back the the community.”

They noticed a need within Gore High School, because a lot of pupils were dealing with grief after the death of a pupil, she said.

“It seemed right to do it.”

“It would raise awareness, if nothing else.”

Splash . . .Anton Musalov (17) slides in a stream during the mud run at the Southern Field

They intended to run a lot more events in the future, Emma said.

“This is just the start of something a lot bigger.”

The mud run was held on Sunday at the Southern Field Days site in Waimumu, she said.

They had 60 people participate in the run, Emma said.

“We are really happy with how it went.”

“It was a good start.”

Jakob said he was very happy with the turnout.

“There was an unspoken goal of $500.”

They would like to thank everyone who supported them, he said.