IT'S TIME TO #TURNTHETIDE
Participants can choose to walk or run the 17-kilometre stretch of Muriwai Beach from Rimmer Road near Helensville, to Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club.
As a family-friendly event, we also have a 4-kilometre Second Wave option for those who want to take part but aren't up for the full 17-kilometre distance.
The day starts at Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club where we complete registrations and the health & safety briefing.
All participants then hop on to buses to be driven either to the start of the Second Wave walk by the creek near Coast Road, or 25 minutes north to the Rimmer Road access of Muriwai Beach near Helensville (and before you ask, sorry, you can't meet us there; we need all registrations to be completed at Muriwai before the event begins).
There'll be a quick warm-up to limber up the muscles, then it's up and over the sandhills to complete the walk or run in your own pace.
The event ends at Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club where there will be food trucks, entertainment and osteopaths on hand to massage weary muscles.
From little things, big things grow. Our first walk in 2017 had just 80 walkers but raised an impressive $11,000. In 2019 we had over 200 walkers and raised $19,000. In 2020 we have set a lofty goal of 300+ walkers and $30,000.
Each year those funds have gone towards creating lasting impact in our community.
In 2017, the money raised at the inaugural Turning The Tide Fundraising Walk allowed the Kia Tīmata Anō Trust to employ a new part-time community advocate.
The following year, we were able to take the brave step to employ our first Tane (male) advocate who is working with men who are users of violence, showing them how to make the changes to life a better life.
And in 2019 we were able to roll out the next stage of that holistic, wrap-around service for all whānau by funding support groups for both women and men, where we empower individuals to make better choices by focussing on their own well-being and self-worth.
Thanks to everyone who has supported the Turning The Tide Fundraising Event.
You are helping make the world a safer and happier for so many others.
Ngā mihi nui.