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Fundraising to support those grieving suicide loss

Fundraising to support those grieving suicide loss

Each suicide causes huge grief and trauma for at least six people. In New Zealand, about ten people die by suicide per week. That’s a minimum of 60 bereaved Kiwis a week who need love and support. 3000 plus a year. People coping with suicide loss are themselves at increased suicide risk.

The holiday season is a particularly tough time for grieving people.

Gemma Claire set up the fundraiser Care Kits for People Bereaved by Suicide after losing someone to suicide earlier this year. She plans to create packages of comforting items, such as a journal, pen, tissues, candle, stress ball, drawing paper, colouring pencils, relaxation CD, information about suicide grief, a resource about supporting children and teenagers through suicide grief, a list of places to go for support, information about dealing with the practicalities, energy drink, meal replacement sachets, snacks, and so on. These packs would be distributed through support groups and agencies.

Gemma wants to compile 100 kits in the short term, with a view to the project becoming ongoing. To reach her initial goal, she needs to fundraise $5000. So far, $700 has been raised.

Care Kits for People Bereaved by Suicide has received much appreciated support in the form of donated products from STAEDTLER, Tasti and Red Bull.

To support this cause, please visit

Gemma posts updates on the above site to inform supporters about exactly how funds are used. If you have any questions, please call 021 0275 4738, email

The key is in the name – Give a little because every little bit helps.


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