WHEN, WHERE AND HOW?
Date: Sunday 13 October 2019
What: A Walk NOT a race
from Mooloolaba Surf Club to Maroochydore Surf Club and back.
Walkers have the option to turn around at Alex Surf Club
Who: Everyone who has been impacted by or cares about Mental Health - dogs
Distance: Maroochydore SLC and back - Approximately 8km
SLC and back - Approximately 4km
An opportunity for everyone to “join the conversation” about mental
health and to demonstrate that those
suffering from mental health issues “are not alone”.
To raise funds for Australian Rotary Health’s Mental Health research. For
Start: 8am in the area
behind the Mooloolaba Surf Club. Our Patron Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG
will be there to officially start the Walk.
Entry fee: $30 includes a
t-shirt. Kids 15 and under walk for free.
How to enter:
On the day from 7am in the area behind the Mooloolaba Surf Club
From 7am in the area
behind the Mooloolaba Surf Club - Please register and collect t-shirts.
(depending on the numbers, we might arrange for people to register and collect
their t-shirts on Saturday 12/10 but that can be announced closer to the time?)
To protect the
environment we will not be handing out bottled water. Participants are
encouraged to bring their own water bottles and fill them at the Unity Water
stand which will be available.
“ABOUT THE WALK”
Rotary Club of Mooloolaba together with a number of other Rotary Clubs on the
Sunshine Coast has for the past three years, staged a WALK FOR MENTAL HEALTH in
October to coincide with
Queensland Mental Health
FOR METAL HEALTH” was the brainchild of Vicki
Stewart, Past President and long time member of the Rotary Club of Mooloolaba
who has passionate about Mental Health. Vicki wanted to find a way to:
Raise awareness of the serious mental health issues we face in all areas
of our communities, schools, homes
2. Break down the stigma that
continues to plague our society so that people are more
comfortable to discuss and seek help
for their mental health issues.
3. Raise much needed funds for
Australian Rotary Health (ARH) Mental Health Research
benefits those in the Sunshine Coast community who are suffering with mental
health issues. It is important to note that 100% of the proceeds are donated to
Australia Rotary Health for mental
health research programs.
It is documented fact
that in our country, every three (3) hours of each and every day, 365 days a
year, someone takes their life,
many of them as a result of PTSD.
What is NOT so well known is that every seven (7) minutes, there is an attempted
suicide, and they are only the recorded ones. Unfortunately these statistics are
on the increase so something needs to be done and we feel that as a club and as
Rotary, we have the power to make a difference, hence the idea of the WALK.
The “point of
difference” is that the walk is not a race. It is a family occasion offering an
organised “fun” walk from Mooloolaba to Maroochydore and back. Walkers have the
option to turn around at any time.
The inaugural Walk was
held in October 2016 and has grown from 200 participants and $4480 funds raised
to 600 participants and $12200 raised on 2018. Our target this year is 1000 plus
walkers and $25000 funds to be raised for Mental Health Research.
This is a great
project because it:
Raises much needed funds for ARH Mental Health Research
2. Offers an opportunity for the
Community to identify with those suffering from mental health issues.
3. It provides an outlet for those
suffering from mental health issues. For example, every year there
have been families and friends wearing their own special
t-shirts honouring a loved one who has
been lost as a result of a mental health issue.
4 Will bring between 1000 and
2000 people to Mooloolaba which is good for local
businesses and tourism.