2 May 2013

Samoa circumnavigation ensures hotline can stay in operation

3:16 pm on 2 May 2013

A kayaker who's just completed a gruelling journey around Samoa has helped raise enough money to keep Samoa's suicide hotline running for another eighteen months.

Andy Warton arrived back in Apia today after rowing and peddling for 400 kilometres to raise awareness about youth suicide.

He says the lifeline Faataua le Ola ran workshops in villages around the country at the same time and both campaigns have helped make people realise suicide is a community problem.

Mr Warton says even people in remote villages knew what he was doing.

"I landed on the western most point of Samoa on a deserted beach and a family appeared out of the bushes, walked down the beach to greet me and they knew about the kayak, but more importantly they knew why we were doing this. And so the level of public awareness already just in the thirteen days it's been out there is astonishing and that to me means we've succeeded."

Andy warton made landfall today