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Pounding pavement pays off for mental health research

SHOW OF SUPPORT: The crowd at Sunday's first Walk for Mental Health.
SHOW OF SUPPORT: The crowd at Sunday's first Walk for Mental Health. CONTRIBUTED

NEARLY $4000 has been raised for Australian Rotary Health research into mental health and scholarships for PhD students researching the issue.

The cash was pooled together after the first-ever Walk for Mental Health on Sunday, a collaboration between Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Kawana, Buderim and Mooloolaba Rotary Clubs.

One hundred and fifty five participants lined up, paid their $20, got their purple T-shirt and took part in the walk from Mooloolaba Surf Club to Maroochydore Surf Club and back on Sunday morning.

SHOW OF SUPPORT: Division 8 Councillor Jason O'Pray and one of his daughters on the walk from Mooloolaba Surf Club.
SHOW OF SUPPORT: Division 8 Councillor Jason O'Pray and one of his daughters on the walk from Mooloolaba Surf Club. CONTRIBUTED

"We had 155 walkers on the day and raised about $3500 for research into Mental Health,” organiser and Australian Rotary Health district representative Vicki Stewart said.

"But the best thing about the day was that there were so many conversations about mental health.

"I had mums come and say thank you for giving them the opportunity to talk to their kids about mental health. We had a family walk in memory of a close friend who had taken their life just last week.

"We have already had people offer support for our walk next year.”

Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace opened the walk and Sunshine Coast councillors John Connolly and Jason O'Pray also took part in the event.

SHOW OF SUPPORT: The crowd at Sunday's first Walk for Mental Health.
SHOW OF SUPPORT: The crowd at Sunday's first Walk for Mental Health. CONTRIBUTED

Topics:  community fundraising mental health rotary sunshine coast


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