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The Waikouaiti event attracted about 30 people on Wednesday, then on Thursday the Oamaru Opera House InkBox was filled with farmers and rural professionals of all ages.
Linsday Purvis spoke on the work of the Otago Rural Support Trust and got everyone to add its 0800 number to their contact lists, Farm 4 Life founder and former Young Maori Farmer of the Year Tangaroa Walker outlined how he overcame a rough start in life to become a highly influential entrepreneur, then award-winning broadcaster Sarah Perriam from Perriam Media shared her experiences of working with her sisters Elle and Kate on the Will to Live project, aimed at bringing rural mental health issues into the open.
Mr Walker and Ms Perriam emphasised the importance of taking pleasure in what you do and being grateful for the good it brings.