The Rock host Bryce Casey has been nominated for the coveted New Zealander of the Year award for his efforts as an advocate for mental health.
In May, Casey took to the bowling lane for an incredible 58 hours of non-stop bowling. The effort was to raise money for Mike King's I Am Hope campaign, which offers free counselling to young Kiwis.
The 58-hour marathon represented every person who tried to commit suicide in 2018. Every minute Casey bowled represented one person who tried to take their own life - 3500 people in total.
Tens of thousands of Kiwis supported Casey's efforts, raising a whopping $366,602 for I Am Hope.
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"I wanted to quit the whole way through and I didn't. And that's why I'm doing it because I don't want people to give up," he said in an emotional interview after the marathon.
"So this is for anyone who's lost a mate or lost any family members."
The annual New Zealander of the Year Awards are now in their 11th year. They’re open to all New Zealanders and celebrate the contributions of New Zealanders from all walks of life. Nominations close 15 September.
Winners will be announced at the New Zealander of the Year Gala in Auckland on 20 February 2020.