COMBINING a love of motor racing, a car show and parade, as well as touring laps and a motorkhana event, along with raising awareness for people who were struggling with mental health has inspired Drive 4 Life.
A non-profit day of motoring-related fun, organisers Sam Hole and Bree Nutsford said the event was organised to raise funds for mental health organisations in the community, as well as to raise awareness for people struggling with mental illness in Southland.
“We are stronger when we work together and Drive 4 Life wants to bring all of Southland together to create a network which ensures our people can speak up and get the help and care they need,” Bree said.
Being held at Teretonga Park, near Invercargill, on Sunday, February 24, the day’s activities include club sport racing, a car show, sport and club stands, mental health information stands, craft and food stalls, and children’s entertainment.
A member of the Southland Sports Car Club, Sam said the big action on the day would be on the track.
“In a safe, controlled environment, car enthusiasts can get their wheels on the track to have fun and do what they love.”
Bree said they aimed to showcase the positive influence Teretonga could provide for those struggling with mental illness. “Not only does the track provide a chance for high-octane fun, but also a chance for people struggling with their mental health to get involved in events or club activities which offer new skills and experiences.”
The day also aimed to raise funds to help others. “The day will be raising money to help improve access to mental health services for Southlanders, with funds donated to PACT, Lifeline and the Mental Health Foundation of NZ.”
Bree said good mental health began at a young age. “Giving our younger generations the tools and education to grow healthier minds is a crucial step in reducing the number of critical mental illness and suicides in New Zealand.
“Our event is family-friendly and we will be providing information for all ages, right through to our elderly.
“This event will highlight opportunities for businesses, organisations, clubs and individuals across the community to offer support to those with a mental illness. Local and nationwide mental health organisations will also be present or supplying information on the services they offer, and ways people can seek help.”
Entry will be by donation, with the gates opening at 10am.For more information or to register for the car show or track events, go to Facebook@drivefourlife2019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org