Talk on prickly topic
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.
SHOWING SUPPORT: Nicky Wilson is taking out her pineapple to raise awareness.