A group of passionate Kiwis, including some of New Zealand’s favourite former athletes, are taking part in a gruelling physical and mental challenge to raise awareness and money for youth mental health in New Zealand.
Kicking off on 14th of February 2023, it will be run, cycled and swam by All Black Hall of Famer, Ian Jones MNZM, better known as the "kamo kid", and former World Triathlon champion, Commonwealth Games Triathlon champion and Commonwealth Games swimmer Rick Wells.
The event will conclude with a hīkoi to Parliament led by I Am Hope and Gumboot Friday founder Mike King, where he will meet with a government representative to convey the group’s concerns regarding the critical need for leadership and decisive action on improving youth mental health in New Zealand.
There are several ways to get involved with the Due Drop Hope Challenge: become a sponsor by helping financially, by providing food or equipment for the event, make a donation, or come along to the community talks (which will be announced closer to the event). Check out our social pages for updates and information on the event: @gumbootfriday and @duedrophopechallenge
On the way down the North Island, the athletes and their supporters will engage with local iwi, communities, schools, and businesses to encourage participation, whether it be running a kilometre with the team or meeting them at the finish line.
Follow the team's journey on Instagram: Due Drop Hope Challenge
Due Drop Foundation trustee Richard Jeffery, ONZM, says supporting I Am Hope and Gumboot Friday was a no brainer. “Due Drop Foundation is about intelligent giving, so it was a simple decision to get in behind I Am Hope as naming sponsor.” Learn more about Due Drop.