Gid­get’s gang to Move for­ward

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

More than 60 peo­ple dressed in their cock­tail best and packed out Em­pire 6714 on the evening of Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 21, for The Mov­ing for a Pur­pose Fundraiser.

At the event, guests raised $5500 for the Gid­get Foun­da­tion, a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing to sup­port par­ents and fam­i­lies af­fected by peri­na­tal de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

The Move­ment Room founder Kylianne Farrell or­gan­ised the event and started the #move­for­men­tal­health ini­tia­tive which has now raised al­most $18,000 for the Gid­get Foun­da­tion.

Ms Farrell said she was humbled by the gen­eros­ity of the lo­cal com­mu­nity which do­nated to the event.

“We had more than 20 lo­cal busi­nesses do­nate door prizes, raf­fle items and auc­tion pieces for the event,” she said.

“I want to say a huge thank you to all of our spon­sors who do­nated in some way, shape or form for the event, and for Em­pire 6714 for host­ing us.”

Guests en­joyed food and drink, a move­ment work­shop and a in­spi­ra­tional speech from Cracker Jack Pad­dle Sports’ Jac­qui Ni­chols.

Ms Ni­chols gave the au­di­ence an in­sight into how stay­ing ac­tive and the Move for Men­tal Health ini­tia­tive helped her cope with anx­i­ety.

“I am so humbled and grate­ful for the amaz­ing peo­ple in our com­mu­nity,” she said.

“Kylianne has taught me to em­brace my strength and work to­wards the most in­cred­i­ble com­mu­nity im­pact pro­gram I have wit­nessed, #move­for­men­tal­health.”

As part of the Move for Men­tal Health cam­paign, Ms Farrell and nine other women will em­bark on a 135km Cape to Cape trail hike in the South West dur­ing Peri­na­tal De­pres­sion and Anx­i­ety Aware­ness Week on Novem­ber 12-18. It is es­ti­mated about 100,000 Aus­tralian fam­i­lies are af­fected by peri­na­tal anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion with one in five women and one in 10 men ex­pe­ri­enc­ing low pe­ri­ods dur­ing or shortly af­ter a preg­nancy. All pro­ceeds raised for the hike will be do­nated to Gid­get.

Visit move­men­t­room.com.au or gid­get­foun­da­tion.com.au.

Picture: Pil­bara Site Pics

Jes­sica Evans, Caro­line Tay­lor, Susheel Rowe, Kylianne Farrell, Kate Cranston and Aleesia Mill­ward will em­bark on the Cape to Cape hike dur­ing Peri­na­tal De­pres­sion and Anx­i­ety Aware­ness Week.

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