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Why is Matt Wallbank selflessly running 654 km in October?

In 2020 654 New Zealander’s made the excruciating call to end their own life. Many of us have experienced the loss of loved ones in this way and every time there is indescribable pain for all that are affected.

This October, Matt Wallbank is selflessly planning to run a sponsored kilometre for each and every one of them. That’s a lot of running… and takes a lot of training too. Canes Deer Velvet are on board to help him reach that goal.   I had a chat with Matt about his motivation and how he intends to raise money for I AM HOPE so that young New Zealander’s can access free counselling and learn the skills to manage negative feelings and live their lives to the full.   Because that’s something we want as well.


And heres another podcast with Matt and Professional rugby player Dwayne Sweeny, and we get a mention at the 28 minute mark. Thanks guys! you can find it here on instagram


How we’re supporting Matt

We are supporting Matt to achieve his goal in 4 ways.

  • By sharing his fundraiser story far and wide, to assist him in reaching his goal of having every km he runs for a life lost in 2020, sponsored with a donation to I AM HOPE. We share his wish that others can avoid this path and the pain that goes with it.

  • We have sponsored a km for each of 4 family and friends we have lost in this way over the years. Lots of people are choosing to honour a loved one in this practical and meaningful way, but that is purely optional, you can simply donate because you want to.

  • We are supplying Matt with Canes Deer Velvet capsules to support his body through the demanding days of running. It’s packed full of nutrients that his body is using a lot of right now, and topping them up each day will help him stay strong and keep his joints well nourished. Research suggests he can expect almost a 10% improvement in strength and aerobic ability, and faster muscle repair and recovery times. You can find out more on that at Sports Nutrition

  • Between now and the end of October we will donate 10% of every sale of Canes Deer Velvet to Matt’s fundraiser. Use the code IAMHOPE at the checkout of our online store. If you are looking to support your immune system, joints, circulation or general wellbeing come and take a look how this remarkable product can do just that.

Let's save some lives

Is this something you care about too?

Please help Matt to help others, and make his big run worthwhile. There are two ways you can do this.

Visit his Givealittle page right here and make your own donations.


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Until end of October we’re donating 10% of all sales to IAMHOPE and supporting Matt Wallbank run 654kms.
Find out more by clicking here or use the code IAMHOPE at the checkout.

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