Gumboot Friday

Today is Gumboot Friday. You can join in by wearing gumboots today, but even if you don’t, please consider donating for a good cause – counselling for kids.

Gumboot Friday

5 April 2019

For many, having depression is like walking through mud every day

Walk in their shoes for a day: put on your gumboots, give a gold coin and help us provide free counselling to any kid in need.

A fun way to raise money for kids’ mental health

Having depression is like walking through mud every day. So on Friday 5 April 2019, we’re asking you to show your support. Put your gumboots on, give a gold coin, and take a walk in their shoes for just one day.

​It’s a fun way for kiwis to join in the mental health conversation, while raising money to provide FREE and timely counselling for any kid in need.

New Zealand’s mental health challenge

Last year in New Zealand 137 young people died by suicide and it is estimated another 3500 attempted to take their own lives. While Government agencies are doing their best some kids are stuck waiting up to six months to receive the counselling they so urgently need.

How much of my donation goes to kids

100% of your donation goes to the kids. All donations are deposited by you into the Kiwibank Gumboot Friday account. The money will then go directly to the registered health professional upon receipt of an invoice.

How do I donate?

You can donate in four ways:​

  1. Internet banking (search Gumboot Friday Appeal as a payee)

  2. In person at any Kiwibank branch

  3. “Piggy-boots” at participating retailers and events (the organisers can deposit the money at a Kiwibank branch the next day)

  4. I AM HOPE Give a Little page

More info is on our How to Donate page.

As I have already indicated it’s not practical for me to wear my gumboots to work today. Instead, I’ve worn them for a selfie (above) – a bit of a trick trying to take a self of your legs in the dark.


Leave a comment


  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  5th April 2019

    It was nowhere to be seen in Hamilton.

    Someone I knew was told that one needs to start preparing for an event 12 months before. He didn’t believe it. He does now.

  2. Zedd

     /  6th April 2019

    tautoko Mr King.. I dont have gumboots, but I wore by ‘gardening boots’ : solidarity comrades


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