Mike King likens depression to walking through mud every day. To give New Zealanders an insight into what that feels like, he started Gumboot Friday. It's a fundraising appeal through The Key to Life Charitable Trust that encourages Kiwi not just to donate money, but to also wear a pair of gumboots for the day.
The money raised through Gumboot Friday goes towards funding free professional counselling for vulnerable kids, so they can get the help they need when they need it.
As a foundation partner, we saw an incredible amount of support for our kids and plenty of generous contributions. In 2019, the $1.3 million raised through Gumboot Friday provided 10,670 critical counselling sessions to more than 2,500 New Zealanders – but the demand is huge and our kids need our help more than ever.
Gumboot Friday is on Friday 28 May this year, but you can show your support and make a donation anytime. You can donate: