Gym supporting mental illness

Kim Parry
Kim Parry
A Wanaka gym is hoping to raise more than $3000 to help community members suffering from mental illness.

Money raised by the Fit Collective quiz night next weekend will be given to Community Networks, which will allocate it to those who need it most.

It will be the second fundraiser the gym has organised, after it raised $1500 for the Central Lakes Mental Health Team last year.

Fit Collective manager Kim Parry said the death of a gym member last year drew focus to the issue of mental health and was a motivating factor in raising awareness. She used to think mental problems were rare in the town.

She had been ''blown away'' by the support for the quiz night, having sold 150 tickets.

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