THERE are few things that can impact a regional community more heavily than the suicide of an individual.
Not only can it be the immediate family and friends who are left struggling with an immediate and often unexpected loss, the effects can ripple through the sporting clubs, community groups and schools that are so integral to country towns.
Anytime Fitness at Murray Bridge are trying to do their part to raise awareness of suicide in regional communities, and they want people to spread the message no matter how bad things get, there always is someone willing to help.
To showcase this message, owner Krystle Patterson and manager Amy Jenkinson have organised the 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge to be held at the gym on Friday, July 28 at 6pm.
This weekend will see a group of committed locals work as a team to continuously run on two treadmills for an entire 24 hours.
The team (who are still looking for more willing runners to join), will take 15 minutes shifts on the treadmills. Currently there are over 50 people doing their part for the challenge.
“We want people to know that it’s not just members of the gym who are running, the event is open to the whole community to get involved,” Amy explained.
“Even if people aren’t keen to do the running but, we’d still love for them to donate. They can even nominate Krystle or myself to take their spot on the treadmill.”
Amy explained that the motivation behind the cause was to make sure people know that there is always help available, even in regional communities.
“It’s one of those things where not a lot of people are aware (suicide) happens, not unless it’s directly affecting their family are friends.
“People need to know that there is support, and we all need to do our part to increase awareness of the subject.
“Here in Murray Bridge we have the small town country-community feel. Everyone generally knows everybody so when it happens it can really affect a lot of people.
“Not only that, there are so many different reasons that it does happen. But people need to know that they can always get help.”
With a fundraising target of $800 already eclipsed, everyone involved is excited to see just how many funds can be raised for the Suicide Prevention Australia.
Friday will also see representatives from Headspace Murray Bridge available to talk to anyone seeking more information on the subject.
To donate, or to get involved in the challenge, visit the Anytime Fitness Murray Bridge Facebook page, call 8531 3847 or drop into the gym.
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