Matt Holden bringing mental health and wellbeing workshop to Tairawhiti
Health and Wellbeing
Health and Wellbeing

Matt Holden bringing mental health and wellbeing workshop to Tairawhiti

The inaugural #MATESofMATESforMATES event was held in November last year in an attempt to offer some relief to communities that had been doing it particularly tough over the past few years.

Matt Holden is the man behind it all and is excited to bring this idea to life for a second time.  Born out of a simple press-up challenge during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 he recalls the success of last year's event that saw over 300 attendees.

"I got most of them down on the ground and they knocked out 25 press-ups, which was really cool." 

This initial gathering was marked by motivational speeches and exercises, including from notable figures such as Matt Chisholm and Hamilton Logan, who turns 100 this year. Looking ahead, Holden discusses the next event scheduled for April 19th in Tairawhiti, a region with which he has familial and emotional connections. 

"I've got some close ties to the Tairawhiti region... and I just felt, right, these guys are the next cab off the rank. They need a bit of love," he explains.

He details the intent to bring people together for inspirational workshops, storytelling, and communal bonding, all free of charge. The upcoming workshop will feature local legends Neville Clark and Ian Kirkpatrick, alongside Matt Chisholm as Matt's "wingman" again. Additionally, Wanda Douglas, an army psychologist and mental skills coach, will share her expertise. Cam McLeay will also provide valuable breathing techniques, an essential skill often overlooked. 

Complementing the workshop, the event will include a social hour with locally sourced refreshments, underlining Holden's commitment to supporting local businesses. 

"Silver Fern Farms, they'll be putting on their beautiful prime beef again," he shares, emphasising the community's collaborative spirit. 

Holden directs listeners to social media for further information about the event, using the hashtag #matesofmatesformates. He highlights the event's purpose to educate, inspire, and entertain, while also supporting the Rural Support Trust, a crucial resource for local farmers. 

He expresses his anticipation for the upcoming event and the positive impact it aims to have on the Tairawhiti community. 

The event will be held at the Woolshed in the Gisborne A&P Society Showgrounds starting at 3 pm and finishing at 5 pm with gates closing at 5:30 pm. Entry is free and will include two complimentary drinks per person as well as non-alcoholic beverages and food provided by Silver Fern Farms.

Listen to the full chat between Matt Holden and Dominic George above.

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