West Coast Catch Up with Sir John Kirwan supported by Westpac - Buller

Come along and listen to JK's story along with some of the tools he has used to stay well.

Thanks to Westpac, we welcome their ambassador Sir John Kirwan to have a word on wellbeing.

This will also be a chance to catch up about on farm topical issues and chat with your neighbours. We all have mental health and need to maintain it just as we do our physical health.

A world class winger, JK’s contribution to rugby, both as a player and a coach, has been immense. JK is one of the highest try scorers in international rugby union history and still holds a couple of NZ rugby records.

The other side of the story is while he was scoring tries and becoming a rugby legend, he was also battling depression. JK’s personal journey with depression has led him to be actively involved in mental health awareness campaigns in New Zealand.

For his incredible commitment and work in this space JK was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours. And in the 2012 Queen's Birthday and Diamond Jubilee Honours, JK was appointed a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to mental health and rugby.

Food and refreshments supplied with thanks to West Coast Rural Support Trust.


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