Lilo river adventure a Lifeline to charity
IF you live on the banks of the Waikato River don’t be surprised if a man with a pink lilo turns up at your door over the next fortnight.
Jim Hunt is raising awareness of depression by floating from Taupo to Port Waikato on a lilo.
He will be banging on strangers’ doors every night, although he will have two full time support crew following him in a van and kayak.
“I’m going to knock on people’s doors and ask if I can have dinner and stay the night,” he says.
“I will meet amazing, strange, weird, hilarious people along the way.”
Although the adventure may sound silly, it’s for a very serious illness.
Jim has had personal experience of depression.
He urges anyone with the illness, or supporting someone with it, to seek medical help.
“I had a lot of support, but it wasn’t until I found the good doctor McEwan that I got the tools to help beat it,” he says on his Lilo the Waikato facebook page.
The Auckland brand designer is also raising funds for Lifeline, a charity phone line that helps people dealing with emotional issues.
Jim has raised $1600 so far, through donations to his website and several Trademe auctions, including selling a space suit, an Auckland Blues rugby jersey and golf lessons with world number one women’s amateur golfer, Lydia Ko.
He wanted an interesting and epic adventure and he says that it’s turning out that way.
“It’s a long way to lie on a piece of plastic and paddle with your hands,” he says.
He leaves Taupo on February 4 and gets into Port Waikato in a fortnight and will be making a video documentary of his 425km journey.