Personalities and Professional Athletes join forces with the Public to raise money for Suicide Prevention across the nation for 24 hours running on treadmills.
For the first time Melbourne will take part in a national 24 hour treadmill run raising money for Suicide Prevention Australia. The Plebs, Pros and Personalities 24 hr treadmill run will be hosted by Kane’s Crusade (Depression Support Charity) on Friday the 8th May 2015 (5pm start) till 6pm Saturday 9th May 2015. The event raises funds for Suicide Prevention Australia. It will be Hosted at Westfield Fountain Gate’s Community Mall. The event will coincide with events being held across the nation including in Perth, Gold Coast, Wollongong and Sydney.
The event will see members of the Public, Celebrities and Professional Athletes running against each on treadmills for the entire 24 hours. The idea of the 24 hr run is not to assess people’s level of fitness or skill or create a competitive environment. In fact the opposite is sought. The event centres around people encouraging, supporting and helping each other to complete their allotted 15 MIN spot on the treadmill.
Participants are of all ages, genders and athletic ability are welcome. You can run, walk or even crawl on the treadmills. The participants are able to gain a sense of giving back and helping support those suffering with mental health issues.
The event was created in Sydney three years ago by Ben Higgs and Matt Dee after losing loved ones to suicide. Both men felt compelled to do something. They wanted to create an event that not only raised funds for Suicide Prevention Australia, but also raised awareness of the issue with the community. An offset of this event, is that people struggling with mental health issues and suicidal thoughts were able to connect with the event, and find support and encouragement to fight their illness and seek help and treatment.
The event has raised over $500,000 since its inception and funds have gone towards creating the first stage of an online tool kit called ‘Communities Matter’. This toolkit had been created to help and assist community-driven suicide prevention. The toolkit provides guidance and information on how to deal with a suicide in your community, how to develop and promote community inter-connectedness and resilience and how to establish or improve suicide prevention groups in the community. More funds are needed in 2015 to allow for more ground work to be established and to allow communities to interact and communicate together on the issue of suicide prevention.
The Melbourne event is set to be a fun filled event with appearances from Jane and Emma from Channel 7’s My Kitchen Rules, Australian Champion Boxer Sam Soliman and AFL champ Campbell Brown. There will be face painters, balloon artists, local bands and singers, online auctions and exciting presentations from local martial arts experts.
The Melbourne PPP4SPA event has had the full support from Federal Political Mr Anthony Byrne Member for Holt. Mr Byrne has been a fantastic supporter of Kane’s Crusade and has a mental health Background.
Mrs White said “Mr Byrne’s support for not only Kane’s crusade but the community as a whole is amazing, we cannot thank him enough for everything he has done for our charity as well as mental health as a whole in our community”
“I hope that the public will show their support for Fawn Brady and Jessica White from Kane’s Crusade on Friday 8th May 2015 and Saturday 9th May 2015 for the Plebs, Pros & Personalities 24 Hour Run at Westfield Fountain Gate. Kane’s Crusade has done incredible work in raising awareness about depression in our community and its terrible costs. Their work literally saves lives. We can help those with depression by supporting them and their ongoing work to assist those suffering from depression,” said Mr Byrne.
Jessica White and Fawn Brady, founders of Kane’s Crusade were thrilled to be asked to host the first ever Melbourne PPP4SPA event. “It is such a fantastic initiative for such a wonderful charity (Suicide prevention Australia)” said Mrs White.
Kane’s Crusade was founded in 2013 after Fawn Brady lost her younger brother Kane to suicide at the age of 23.
Mrs Brady said “if we can help one person, save one life, save one family from going through the heart ache my family feel daily, our mission is complete”.
Mrs White stated: “We have worked incredibly hard to create awareness and support of depression in our community. Suicide is a leading cause of death for young Australians, particularly young men. The national suicide toll is higher than that of the national road toll and yet the public are unaware”.
Kane’s Crusade continues to seek awareness and support of their major project of establishing a centre specialising in the treatment of depression in the community.
People can register to run/walk on the treadmills for $25 for 15 mins at the Melbourne event. Registrations are via the website www.ppp4spa.com.au
We would like to Thank Bianca Slater, Westfield Fountain Gate, UFT Playgrounds and Good Life Health Clubs for their amazing support with this event.
For more information about the event or to get involved please email [email protected] or visit www.facebook.com/PPP4SPAMELBOURNE
Contact details:Jess White -Event Organiser 0405 770 366
Fawn Brady -Event Organiser 0456 111 334
Bianca Slater -Event Organiser
Email: [email protected]
Website: ppp4spa.com.au or www.kanescrusade.net
Facebook:www.facebook.com/ppp4spamelbourne or www.facebook.com/kanescrusade
Instagram: @ppp4spa or @kanescrusade