Talk on prickly topic

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Carly Cullen Carly.Cullen@sc­news.com.au

PINEAPPLES may seem like a de­li­cious fruit snack, but for so­cial worker Gabbey Prosser they hold a sig­nif­i­cant mean­ing.

“On Novem­ber 3, 2015 my life­long best friend Ky­eema lost of her life to sui­cide. Af­ter her death the pineap­ple be­came a sym­bol that rep­re­sented her in the lives of those who knew and loved her,” Gabbey said.

“There was only a se­lect few who knew of her strug­gles, any­one out­side of that se­lect few, all they saw was this vi­brant, unique, kind, car­ing, spon­ta­neous and hi­lar­i­ous in­di­vid­ual with such a zest for life.

“So on the first an­niver­sary of her death I wanted to do some­thing to hon­our this, her unique­ness.

“I came up with the idea we could all ‘take our pineapples out’ to rep­re­sent Ky. We could take it some­where we wanted to go with her, in­tro­duce it to some­one we wanted her to meet – we could have one more day with her. I sug­gested we up­load pho­tos to so­cial me­dia with the #takey­ourpineap­ple­sout so we could all see the jour­neys ev­ery­one went on.

“It’s a so­cial me­dia-based cam­paign about rais­ing aware­ness and start­ing gen­tle con­ver­sa­tions about the prickly sub­ject of sui­cide.”

Sup­port­ing the cause is Golden Beach Hire (SUPs Kayaks and Cata­ma­rans) owner Nicky Wil­son.

“I thought I’d reach out to sup­port a gor­geous friend of our com­mu­nity, Gabbey, who’s a lo­cal so­cial worker who started a char­ity fol­low­ing the pass­ing of a young lo­cal wo­man a cou­ple of years ago,” Nicky said.

“We’ve all been im­pacted di­rectly or in­di­rectly by sui­cide. I’d love to get as many peo­ple on board as pos­si­ble.”

On Oc­to­ber 21, from 6-8am, join the Golden Beach Hire crew in sup­port of men­tal health.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the team at www.face­book.com/ gold­en­beach­hire.

For men­tal health sup­port, phone Life­line 13 11 14 or be­yond­blue 1300 224 636.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SHOW­ING SUP­PORT: Nicky Wil­son is tak­ing out her pineap­ple to raise aware­ness.

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