In support of mental health

Students to run boat fishing contest on April 28.

Students to run boat fishing contest on April 28.

Campion students Nathan Proctor and Luke Hurlstone have organised a fishing competition on April 28 to raise funds to help provide rural health support and they hope to get heaps of lines in the contest. Sir John Kirwan will be a special guest at the prizegiving. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

Campion College students Nathan Proctor and Luke Hurlstone hope a fishing competition they will stage later this month will provide the “impact” they want when it comes to support for rural mental health.

The students will run their boat fishing contest on April 28 with principal support from the Enterprise Motor Group and Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club.

“We decided to put the competition on as part of a school impact project, projects designed to have an impact on the community in some way,” Nathan said.

“Luke and I are committed to making a difference and passionate about creating a successful event.”

Luke said the project was self-driven and they were both enjoying the work they have had to put in to develop the event.

“We have gained lifelong skills in managing finances, planning, and relationships, and our personal development has been huge.

“We have learned things we are sure to use in the future.”

Luke said the primary objective of their event was to support rural mental health.

“That’s why we have called the offshore fishing competition Fishing for a Solution, and we are receiving a large amount of support for it from the Gisborne community, including Mayor Meng Foon.”

David Scott from the Rural Support Trust has been delighted to support the initiative.

“The boys came to see me about a year ago to explain what they wanted to do, and I was impressed with their enthusiasm and desire to add support around mental health in our rural areas.

“The trust intends to put the funds raised towards an ongoing mental health resilience course for farm cadets at Waipaoa Station.”

Mr Scott said the cadet scheme board fully supported the initiative.

The competition has also been supported by Eastland Group, Pacific Haulage, Fruitfed, The Tyre General, Farmers Transport and Eastland Community Trust.

“If there are any other groups looking to offer support we would appreciate it,” Nathan said.

“We have been working closely with the sports fishing club to build our event.”

Sir John Kirwan will be guest speaker at the competition prizegiving.

“He will address the crowd with a presentation on mental health and you do not have to be a fisherman to attend.

“People can buy a wristband for it from the fishing club office, and we will take door sales to hear his address. Those who attend will go in the draw for spot prizes.”

Many of the fish caught during the day will be auctioned off.

“The public will be able to come along and bid on the fish we have to sell.

“We hope our initiative will teach young farmers lifelong skills, including how to cope with stress on the farm.”

Campion College students Nathan Proctor and Luke Hurlstone hope a fishing competition they will stage later this month will provide the “impact” they want when it comes to support for rural mental health.

The students will run their boat fishing contest on April 28 with principal support from the Enterprise Motor Group and Gisborne Tatapouri Sports Fishing Club.

“We decided to put the competition on as part of a school impact project, projects designed to have an impact on the community in some way,” Nathan said.

“Luke and I are committed to making a difference and passionate about creating a successful event.”

Luke said the project was self-driven and they were both enjoying the work they have had to put in to develop the event.

“We have gained lifelong skills in managing finances, planning, and relationships, and our personal development has been huge.

“We have learned things we are sure to use in the future.”

Luke said the primary objective of their event was to support rural mental health.

“That’s why we have called the offshore fishing competition Fishing for a Solution, and we are receiving a large amount of support for it from the Gisborne community, including Mayor Meng Foon.”

David Scott from the Rural Support Trust has been delighted to support the initiative.

“The boys came to see me about a year ago to explain what they wanted to do, and I was impressed with their enthusiasm and desire to add support around mental health in our rural areas.

“The trust intends to put the funds raised towards an ongoing mental health resilience course for farm cadets at Waipaoa Station.”

Mr Scott said the cadet scheme board fully supported the initiative.

The competition has also been supported by Eastland Group, Pacific Haulage, Fruitfed, The Tyre General, Farmers Transport and Eastland Community Trust.

“If there are any other groups looking to offer support we would appreciate it,” Nathan said.

“We have been working closely with the sports fishing club to build our event.”

Sir John Kirwan will be guest speaker at the competition prizegiving.

“He will address the crowd with a presentation on mental health and you do not have to be a fisherman to attend.

“People can buy a wristband for it from the fishing club office, and we will take door sales to hear his address. Those who attend will go in the draw for spot prizes.”

Many of the fish caught during the day will be auctioned off.

“The public will be able to come along and bid on the fish we have to sell.

“We hope our initiative will teach young farmers lifelong skills, including how to cope with stress on the farm.”

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