Tani­wha sup­port­ers help raise funds to save lives

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Tani­wha part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions To­tal Sport, Waikato River Trails and Shine are grate­ful to the South Waikato com­mu­nity for their over­whelm­ing sup­port for the Tani­wha that took place last year.

The run, walk, moun­tain­bike event raised about $15,000 for char­ity Shine, help­ing to save lives.

A to­tal of 1140 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the Tani­wha, walk­ing, run­ning or moun­tain­bik­ing along the Waikato River Trails.

To­tal Sport Event Man­ager Dave Franks says: ‘‘This has fast be­come one of the pre­miere events in To­tal Sport’s cal­en­dar.’’

The ma­jor­ity of par­tic­i­pants were from the Waikato, but hun­dreds from out­side the area also came along to en­joy the beauty of the Waikato River Trails.

Waikato River Trails Trust gen­eral man­ager Glyn Wooller says: ‘ There are enor­mous eco­nomic ben­e­fits to our com­mu­nity from peo­ple who live in Auck­land and else­where who don’t nor­mally visit the south Waikato.

Jane Drumm, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Shine (Safer Homes in New Zealand Ev­ery­day), is thrilled with the sup­port that Shine re­ceives as a re­sult of the Tani­wha.

‘‘Do­mes­tic abuse is an enor­mous prob­lem through­out New Zealand. The $15,000 raised by this event for Shine is a huge help in our work to make homes vi­o­lence free.’’

Shine is a lead­ing na­tional anti-do­mes­tic abuse char­ity that helps thou­sands of peo­ple ev­ery year to be safer, hap­pier and more set­tled. Shine of­fers a range of in­te­grated ser­vices that sup­port adult and child vic­tims to be safe, ide­ally in their own homes, as well as sup­port­ing men who have used abuse to change their be­hav­iour.

The char­ity fo­cuses on achiev­ing what makes the big­gest dif­fer­ence for the women, chil­dren, men and fam­i­lies af­fected by do­mes­tic abuse.

While many com­mu­ni­ties have do­mes­tic abuse ser­vices, they of­ten have lim­ited ca­pac­ity and lim­ited hours. In many ru­ral ar­eas, there are no lo­cal ser­vices at all. When a woman is in a ter­ri­fy­ing and pos­si­bly life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion, it is es­sen­tial that she is able to ac­cess help from a ser­vice with the ex­per­tise to as­sist her to be­come safer and that the ser­vice is avail­able out­side of busi­ness hours.

Shine’s na­tional toll­free Helpline (0508 744 633) pro­vides call­ers through­out New Zealand with in­for­ma­tion, sup­port, as­sis­tance with risk as­sess­ment and safety plan­ning, and re­fer­rals to other ser­vices, and op­er­ates seven days a week, from 9am till 11pm. Most call­ers are vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse them­selves, but may also be fam­ily mem­bers, friends, col­leagues, em­ploy­ers and pro­fes­sion­als, who want to know how to help some­one they have con­cerns about.

Another key Shine ser­vice is Shine safe@home, now op­er­at­ing in Auck­land, Tau­ranga and Christchurch. Shine safe@home is de­liv­ered to vic­tims and their chil­dren who are at high risk of se­ri­ous in­jury or homi­cide and so far has been 100 per cent suc­cess­ful at stop­ping fur­ther as­saults when safety plans have been fol­lowed. This is an amaz­ing re­sult, con­sid­er­ing all this ser­vice’s clients had suf­fered nu­mer­ous as­saults be­fore re­ceiv­ing the ser­vice.

Shine safe@ home pro­vides in­ten­sive safety plan­ning and se­cures vic­tims’ homes, in­clud­ing in­stal­la­tion of locks, se­cu­rity light­ing and a silent alarm sys­tem that can di­rectly alert the po­lice com­mu­ni­ca­tions cen­tre. Shine’s goal is to ex­pand this ser­vice to the en­tire coun­try.

Shine also pro­vides do­mes­tic abuse aware­ness and re­sponse train­ing across the coun­try. This in­cludes train­ing and sup­port for all dis­trict health board fam­ily vi­o­lence teams, and a na­tional con­tract to pro­vide train­ing for the NZ Col­lege of Mid­wives.

Shine is able to do this work with sup­port from a grow­ing num­ber of New Zealan­ders.

See: 2shine.org.nz for more in­for­ma­tion on how in­di­vid­u­als can sup­port Shine.

Thanks

Shine, To­tal Sport and the Waikato River Trails Trust would like to thank th­ese Waikato busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions for their sup­port of the Tani­wha. You are help­ing Shine to save lives.

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Photo: BRUCE MERCER/ FAIR­FAX

TANI­WHA SHINES: The Tani­wha event raised $15,000 for char­ity.

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