A masterpiece for the master of the mountains

2 Jun, 2015

Mal law and taongaMaster of the mountains, Mal Law, is being celebrated by the Mental Health Foundation as a marathon runner and fundraiser extraordinaire, after his efforts yet again exceeded his goals for mental health.

To acknowledge and give thanks, Mental Health Foundation Kaitakawaenga Witi Ashby enlisted the help of his master carver nephew Petara Reid to create a commemorative artwork for Mal. The carving, designed by Witi, was created using a mother of pearl shell from Fiji. The design incorporates Rangi, Papa, Tane and Tangaroa, the four winds, with mindfulness and the Mental Health Foundation koru at the centre. 

Mal (pictured), who also incorporates the five ways to wellbeing into his life, is extremely grateful and says the carving will take pride of place in his home. 

“It’s a magnificent piece of workmanship. It’s so special that it’s a one-off and I love the idea that the carver hadn’t done something like this before and didn’t know whether it could be done – just like the High Five-0.” 

Following the epic success of the Partner’s Life High Five-0 Challenge for Mental Health, Mal proudly handed over a cheque worth $507,416 to MHF Board Chair Jeremy Gardiner and Chief Executive Judi Clements at a special event this month. 

Beyond the fundraising, Mal wanted to encourage others to embrace the Five Ways to Wellbeing, set goals, enjoy the outdoors and talk about mental health. 

“Not only did we get those messages out there, but I know that without a shadow of a doubt that we effected lives and saved lives,” Mal says. 

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini

My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective