Challenge raises awareness
ANYTIME Fitness gyms banded together last Friday night to show support for Suicide Prevention Australia.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44.
To raise the plight, a 24-hour treadmill challenge was staged throughout the country.
Maroochydore’s Anytime Fitness took part in the challenge, led by manager Emma Brownrigg.
The concept started with Ben Higgs who lost two of his friends to suicide within as many years.
The 38-year-old father-of-two has experienced his own struggles with depression and wanted the cycle to stop.
The Plebs, Pros and Personalities 24-hour treadmill challenge was born five years ago after a discussion with Ben’s mates around beers while grieving the loss of their friends.
Initially just in one location, then a handful around the country, last Friday from 6pm 280 Anytime Fitness gyms in all states and territories hosted the PPP4SPA 24-hour treadmill challenge to raise awareness and funds for Suicide Prevention Australia.
About $100,000 was raised collectively.
Maroochydore Anytime Fitness's Emma Brownrigg on the treadmill as part of the 24-hour challenge.
Buderim triathlete Annelise Jefferies on the treadmill.