Chal­lenge raises aware­ness

Multisport Mecca - - News -

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.

PHOTO: GRANT ED­WARDS

Ma­roochy­dore Any­time Fit­ness's Emma Brown­rigg on the tread­mill as part of the 24-hour chal­lenge.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Buderim triath­lete An­nelise Jef­feries on the tread­mill.

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