Fundraising Walk “Against Family Violence”
Muriwai Beach 27th May 2018
After last years very successful event Kia Timata Ano Trust, our local Women’s Refuge, is once again organising a 17 Kilometer walk along Muriwai Beach to raise funds and awareness against Family Violence.
Osteopathic Natural Health is, again, involved in this worthwhile endeavour with organisational support and post-walk osteopathic care.
Kia Timata Ano Trust explain in their own words:
“You can help one side but there are two sides to everything and when something is broken it needs fixing as whole.”
That’s a comment made by one of our clients. A woman who came to our refuge seeking help to leave an abusive relationship.
We offered her sanctuary. We offered her healing. We offered her advocacy. She left and has made the changes needed to live in safety.
But what of the man who was the other half of the relationship? If convicted, an abusive partner will likely have court-imposed counselling and anger management.
Imagine if we could reach out to that person earlier? Imagine if we could help them make the changes needed to stop the violence and stop hurting their loved ones before the behaviour does irreparable damage? Imagine if we could help families work together and stay together. Safely.
The first women’s refuges were set up in the 1970s and provided and continue to provide a much needed service. But this country’s family violence statistics remain one of the worst in the world.
It’s time to rethink the model. It’s time to Turn The Tide on family violence.
The second, annual Turning The Tide Fundraising Walk will be held on Sunday 27 May with participants walking around 17 Kilometres from Rimmer Road end of Muriwai Beach to the Muriwai Surf Club.
Last year’s event with 80 walkers raised $11,000 for the Kia Timata Ano Trust which serves northwest Auckland from Riverhead and Taupaki, through to Kumeu, Muriwai, Waimauku and Woodhill.
This year it’s hoped enough money will be raised to employ a male advocate to work with men — both users and receivers of violence.
The women’s refuge has a safe house for women and children escaping an abusive situation, but most of its work is in the community, helping people make the changes they need to to live in safety.
Chairperson Harry Hillebrand says, “our staff see over 300 people each year out in the community, helping them on their journey away from family violence. Anyone who thinks this is an issue that only happens in other neighbourhoods is sadly mistaken.”
Registrations this year are on track to reach over 200. There’ll be buses to ferry participants from Muriwai Surf Club to the beginning of the walk near Helensville, meaning their cars are left at the Surf Club for their return.
Participants will walk onto the beach about 10:30am, two hours after high-tide. People who want to support the walk but aren’t quite up to the full 17-kilometres, are encouraged to join the “Second Wave” and take part in the final 3.5 km hikoi from the creek off Coast Road, to the Surf Club.
So come on! Grab your walking shoes, race over to the registration page and sign up to add your feet and voices to helping the North West become violence free.
At the end of your epic walk you’ll be rewarded with a free BBQ at the Surf Club. (Food will be available for purchase for supporters and others).
If you have any aching bits Osteopathic Natural Health Osteopaths will be on hand for the walkers to offer (for a gold coin donation to Turning the Tide) some treatment to help you recover.
See you there!
Registrations are available online now at:
Donations are also through Kia Timata Ano’s Givealittle page:
Turning the Tide Facebook event page.