A Teams Comp For A Cause This April

4 Apr 2018 0 Share

Dee Why Point. Photo: CW User Mark Murray

Dee Why Point. Photo: CW User Mark Murray

Mental health organisations combine to support the Lifeline Classic 

Mental health organisations Headspace, Waves of Wellness, Walk ‘n’ Talk and Black Dog Ride have all combined in their support for the second annual Lifeline Classic. 

The tag team surfing event, to raise much-needed funds for Lifeline’s youth suicide awareness program, will be held at Dee Why Beach, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, on Sunday 22 April 2018.

Last year’s inaugural event was a financial success and this year the organisers are aiming to go one better. So far, 16 teams have raised more than $12,000.

The CEO of Lifeline Northern Beaches, David Thomas, said the organisation is excited and proud that a number of mental health charities have come on board for this year’s classic. 

“The event aims to create awareness of the accessibility of crisis support here on the Northern Beaches – that there is someone available to listen on the phone, or in person, or in a group context,” Thomas said. “Our services are either free or low cost so accessibility is a key element.”

Thomas said it was always a challenge to fund the provision of their life-saving services, and with more than 600 people at Lifeline Northern Beaches that was no easy task. 

“So it’s important to understand that this is more a fundraising competition than a surfing competition where all funds raised will go towards the provision of our crisis support services in the form of telephone counselling, face-to-face counselling or support groups,” he said.

Lifeline Northern Beaches is still calling for surfing teams to enter the Lifeline Classic. You don’t need to be a good surfer to compete – just enthusiasm to both raise money and to have a good time in the ocean.

You can enter a team, or donate, or get involved over at the Lifeline Classic website

All funds raised from the Lifeline Classic will be used to provide crisis support services, which in turn help to aid the quest for a Northern Beaches (and Australia) free of suicide.

Alongside the core 13 11 14 telephone crisis support service, Lifeline Northern Beaches offers a range of other services including face-to-face counselling, telephone support for the isolated and at risk, support groups, training and community visitor programs.

It costs Lifeline $27.96 for every call responded to. Every dollar raised at the Lifeline Classic will help save lives.

In Australia:

  • almost eight people die by suicide every day
  • more than seven suicide attempts occur every hour
  • 65,300 suicide attempts each year
  • men represent three-quarters of suicide deaths 
  • suicide is the most common cause of death for the 15 – 44 age bracket

If you need support, no matter where in Australia, both Lifeline on 13 11 14 and the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 offer 24-hour assistance. You can also talk to a medical professional or someone you trust.

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