A seat for all to sit, talk and be listened to at Pt Chev Beach, in memory of Darryl Paton

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This is less a petition and more just me, seeking support to accompany an application for a memorial seat at Point Chevalier Beach.  This seat has two purposes:

1. A place where everyone will be welcome to come, sit and remember Darryl (Daz) Paton; how he made us all (young and old) feel so special, loved and listened to, his presence in our community, his contribution across NZ through radio broadcasting and his passion for life.  We tragically lost Daz in March this year, after a courageous battle against Bi-Polar Disorder.

2. I am strongly proposing in the application, that this seat is celebrated and positioned as a place for people in our community to come, sit and start conversations with each other. It’s so important we actively create safe space and open opportunities for people to feel comfortable speaking up about their own mental health.  This seat will be a physical place to do just that in Point Chevalier, shaded by the pohutakawa, with a view across the water.

To sit, is to physically stop. This seat will also act as a symbol in our community; a reminder for us all to stop, sit with no judgement and be present with those around us. It will be one way to keep the conversation around mental health in our community alive, for all ages.  It will remind us to view our own mental health with tenderness and understand it's ok, to not be feeling ok.

The plaque will read something along the lines of:

Sit here and we will listen. You are loved.
In memory of Darryl Paton, 19 October 1973 - 27 March 2019.

For our application to be considered it needs to meet some criteria.  Adding your name and/or a comment will help me demonstrate there is need and want for this when I come to lodge the application with the Albert-Eden Local Board in January.

Thanks so much in advance for your support, and lots of love. Hope to sit with you, on this special seat in this beautiful location, one day.