Also taking the line as the sun comes up this Sunday is Charity Hero, Sue. Sue will be pounding the pavement for Youthline. Sue’s first half marathon was in 2014, the same year that her daughter Dani made the decision to tragically take her own life.
Sue and her husband Paul say that losing Dani, who was 23 at the time, to suicide is the worst thing that could ever have happened to them. Only two hours before they lost their daughter, they had been chatting with her, and said there was no indication she was about to do the unthinkable.
So Sue has made it her mission to encourage all young people to reach out to Youthline when they need someone to talk to, because it's okay to talk about it. And they are definitely not alone. Sue wants all young people, and their families, to make sure other families around New Zealand don’t ever have to go through the heartache she and Paul have experienced.
Sue, Paul, and Dani’s older brother, Alex, are still coming to terms with their immense loss. But together they are helping themselves heal, and being involved with Youthline has given them all a strong sense of purpose.
Sue’s and Paul’s tragic loss has inspired them to take action. Over the past three years, along with Dani’s best friend Jayde, they have raised more than $20,000 for Youthline. This year Sue’s team has the ambitious goal of raising an additional $5,000.
This will be the 3rd year that Sue and Jayde step up to the line to raise funds for Youthline. And while the loss of her daughter was devastating, they are intent on helping young people make the right decisions in life.