Good start . . . A good turnout to Temuka’s first Walk of Hope last year. Organisers are hoping more will take part in this year’s event on Sunday. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Helen Holt

Temuka is holding its second annual Walk of Hope this Sunday to promote suicide awareness. The walk will be held in Temuka.

The organisers are glad Alert Level 2 is in place, as the event would not have gone ahead at Level 3.

Organiser Jan Wilkinson said it was a nice looped walk.

“We meet behind the police station and go through the camping ground, through the trees and back to the station. It’s flat and off-road so anyone can do it.

“You don’t have to talk anything. We just meet and walk together.

“A lot of people are affected by suicide, either directly or indirectly, so this is just a chance for people to walk and remember.”

Mrs Wilkinson said she was inspired to organise the event after taking part in the Hope Walk in Timaru.

“I went to the Timaru walk for two years. I wasn’t able to drive there for one year so I thought I would start one in Temuka. I decided to make it a loop so it was easier for people to get back to their cars.”

Last year’s walk attracted about 35 people, some with dogs.

She was hoping for a good turnout this year, Mrs Wilkinson said.

donation bucket for a gold coin, which people requested after last year. We hope to donate to a mental health helpline.

The Temuka walk is one of many that have been planned around the country, but some have been cancelled due to Alert Level 2 restrictions.

People are invited to meet at the car park behind the Temuka police station on Sunday from 10am, and begin walking at 10.30am.