Personal experience prompted Forrest Axford to embark on his marathon bike ride.
Former Mahurangi College student Forrest Axford embarked on a 3000km bike ride from Cape Reinga to Bluff late last month to support those struggling with suicide.
Forrest will ride between 120 to 160km a day during the ride, dubbed Ride to Remember, which he anticipates will take 21 days.
Each day will be dedicated to someone lost to suicide.
Forrest says New Zealanders have a secret that we keep sweeping under the rug – our suicide rates are among the highest in the world and people often suffer in silence.
“I have been in that position. I had thoughts of taking my own life and was so afraid of putting my pain on to others that I kept it bottled up,” he says.
“This refusal to seek solace almost cost me my life and would have placed intense suffering on those I was trying to protect.”
Money raised during Forrest’s journey will go toward suicide prevention efforts.
Anyone wishing to support Forrest’s ride can donate to Ride to Remember at givealittle.co.nz.
Supporters can also follow Forrest on Instagram (@ride2remember) and Facebook (Ridetoremember2021)