This article discusses suicide and mental health.
The Rock radio host Bryce Casey has reached the halfway mark in his attempt to tenpin bowl for 58 hours straight to raise awareness and funds for mental health in New Zealand.
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It's been 15 years since the Morning Rumble announcer first attempted to break the world record in 2004, finally succeeding in 2014. Now, Casey has partnered with Mike King's I AM HOPE foundation to take on the marathon effort a third time.
The broadcaster's 'Spare Change' challenge sees him aim to bowl for 58 hours - one minute for every Kiwi who tried or succeeded in taking their own life in 2018. At least 3500 young New Zealanders attempted suicide last year, more than 10 each day.
As of midday Thursday, Casey had bowled for 29 hours, raising close to $117,000 through text donations, a Givealittle page and cash contributions.
"I've lost too many friends & family to suicide. I know the everlasting effect it has on people," Casey said of the motivation behind his cause.
"It's time to stop losing our mates. Let's let the young people know where the help is for when they need it. Let's change this."
Casey's challenge continues at Pins Lincoln bowling alley in Henderson, and will finish at 5pm on Friday May 31.
Where to find help and support:
Need to Talk? - Call or text 1737
Lifeline - 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland
Samaritans - 0800 726 666
Depression Helpline - 0800 111 757
Suicide Crisis Helpline - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)