We’re delighted to be able to announce the winner of our very first Vibe Lifter Award – Chelita Kahutianui o-te-Rangi Zainey (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Haua, Waitaha).

It was no small feat with so many lovely nominations; but Chelita was a standout and very well deserving. The RFC team are ecstatic to be able to help her continue her amazing mahi.

Chelita has spent the last decade helping people improve their wellbeing through breathwork, traditional rongoā (healing), and mirimiri (massage). She plans to use the $2,500 grant for providing breathwork workshops in schools. “To be able to share the secrets of breath with our rangatahi so they have this tool with them for life, a tool that helps them to navigate stress and anxiety, it’s such a powerful way to give back to them,” says Chelita.

All Vibe Lifter Award winners receive $2,500 to support their mahi, plus a year’s supply of RFC product (and the winning nominator gets a year’s supply too). To nominate someone, head here.