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Haka on Sydney Harbour Bridge Helps Break Silence Around Men’s Mental Health

On Thursday 17th August, BridgeClimb Sydney and men’s mental health charity Haka For Life, came together to host a powerful performance of the world first Haka at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

14 Climbers with Maori heritage; fathers, sons, brothers and a sister ascended the arches and took position 134 metres above the harbour at the summit of the iconic Bridge – a symbol of bringing people and cultures together.

The Haka selected for the occasion was Ngati Toa Rangatira, Ka Mate, a celebration of life over death and the same Haka the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby team are seen performing prior to their games.

Well known moves were performed in unison as the group passionately chanted to help break the silence around men’s Mental Health.

Leon Ruri, lead performer and Haka for Life founder, said, “We are here to perform the Haka on a powerful symbol, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, to help raise awareness for men’s mental health.

“Too many men live in silence, struggling to communicate with those around them, in a way that brings loving meaning to life. When Haka is performed, silence does not exist! It requires a man to be vulnerable in his expression of himself, but in doing this, makes him incredibly powerful in his communication to those around him”.

BridgeClimb is thrilled to host this special events catering to a variety of cultures, interests and international markets.

In the last few years, BridgeClimb has hosted special cultural events and limited edition Climbs for local and international festivals and celebrations including, World Yoga Day, Diwali the Hindu Festival of Light, ANZAC Day, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day The Vivid Climb for and Vivid Sydney.

BridgeClimb offers a truly memorable experience, perfect for special occasions, family adventures, team building and corporate events. For more information, please visit www.bridgeclimb.com or call (02) 8274 7777.

This is the second Haka for Life event, following the first performed in Perth on ANZAC Day 2017.

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