I am currently walking Te Araroa trail (TA), New Zealand's very own thru hike. I decided to do TA after two years living through London lockdowns and feeling pretty burnt out. I walked around the Isle of Man and heard about TA, which seemed like the perfect adventure and challenge for me.
I wanted to add a bigger purpose to my hike by raising money for charity, one being Voices of Hope. I have followed Voices of Hope since it was first founded and absolutely love the work that the organisation does. So many people experience mental health challenges throughout their lives and I believe the awareness, advocacy, education and support Voices of Hope provide is paramount to changes in the mental health sector both within NZ and globally.
- Zoe Mayhew