Mike King has been blown away by the support of Kiwis for a campaign supporting mental health.
More than 50,000 people have supported Kiwibank’s charity by adding the I AM HOPE frame their Facebook profile.
The $50,000 raised will be sent to the Gumboot Up New Zealand fundraiser.
The bank is partnered with the New Zealander of the Year Mike King and the I AM HOPE organisation to help raise awareness of depression and promote Mr King’s new fundraising initiative Gumboot Friday on April 5.
Gumboot Friday aims to raise funds to help provide access to free and timely counselling services for Kiwi kids who need it.
“This is as much about building the conversation and empowering people as it is about fundraising, Kiwis have stepped up and shown they really care,” Mr King said
“The Give-a-Little donations are coming in so fast I don’t have time to count them, we have had nearly one thousand donations in the past 24 hours from one dollar to one hundred dollars. So, thank you New Zealand you are truly amazing.”
“People can be suspicious about how much their donation goes to the charity and how much goes towards administration costs.”
“We have set Gumboot Friday up to make sure that every cent goes to what really counts, in this case the health professionals who provide counselling services for our young people.”