At roughly midday last Saturday the man nicknamed ‘New Zealand’s Forrest Gump’ strode into Te Awamutu.
Aucklander Jason Woodmass is walking the length of the North Island carrying a wooden cross weighing more than 50kg to raise awareness of the impact of vaccine mandates on youth suicide.
Christian Jason says the weight of the cross he is bearing is nothing compared to that borne by Jesus.
By the time he reached Te Awamutu he had already walked for five hours and covered more than 20km of ground that morning.
He told the Te Awamutu News that if each person could save one other person from suicide it would make a massive difference and stop roughly 700 people from taking their own lives each year.
Jason said the impact of Covid had been a factor in suicides.
The cross is named Hope and represents the physical burden of raising awareness of this issue, but in bearing it Jason says he is quite literally ‘taking Hope to Parliament’ along with a message that the mandates should end.