Getting back on our feet: Turning the Tide 2023

All our lives have changed. Extreme weather, isolation, and rising living costs are just some of the challenges families have been facing. Homes have been destroyed, families displaced, and with the rising cost of living many households are struggling to put food on the table. Getting back on our feet will take time.

That’s why Kindred Family Services invites you to come to Muriwai Beach on Sunday 8 October to join in some fun outdoor activities and help us raise $50,000 so we can help families. These funds will be used by Kindred to meet the growing demand on all their services, providing hundreds of additional cost-free counselling sessions, as well as groups, workshops, play therapy sessions, and wrap-around social support.

Turning the Tide is an annual fundraising event that includes a 1.5km kid friendly whanau trail, a 5km gentle beach walk or a 17km walk or trail run along the ruggedly beautiful Muriwai Beach. Please join Kindred so we can join together, support one another and have a great day out. There will be loads of activities for families to enjoy, music, spot prizes, a sausage sizzle, coffee and kai trucks. Get together with friends, grab the kids or enter as a team and compete to win prizes for the fastest and brightest teams on the day.

“In the months following Cyclone Gabrielle, we received our largest ever number of new referrals” says Kim Wills, Clinical Manager at Kindred Family Services. “Our work with families and communities at that time made us proud to be part of north-west Auckland. There was so much kindness and generosity, and I still believe this is our most valuable local resource.”

Barbara Williams, Executive Director at Kindred, emphasises the impact of recent events on children. “Children have already been through so much in recent years. Family stability is crucial for our young people, and this event will go a long way to ensuring that more local children receive support and have safe places to heal and be heard.” or visit the Kindred Family Services website.