• Patrick McBride

West Coast Catch Up with Sir John Kirwan

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

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.

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.

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

Westport Farmers Discussion Group

Venue: Keoghan’s Farm, 57 Keoghans Road Westport

Date: Wednesday 7th October

Time: 12noon –2pm (lunch provided)

Community Event - Greymouth

Venue: Greymouth Regent Theatre

Date: Wednesday 7th October

Time: 6pm-8pm (nibbles, tea/coffee provided)

Whataroa Farmers Discussion Group

Venue: Whataroa Community Hall

Date:Thursday 8thOctober

Time:10am-12pm (morning tea provided)

Community Event -Hokitika

Venue: Hokitika Regent Theatre

Date:Thursday 8th October

Time:2pm-4pm (afternoon tea provided)

If attending the Community events, please RSVP to ana.paterson@westpac.co.nzto assist with numbers for catering.