HITTING THE HILL FOR LIFE
HUNDREDS of walkers will hit Castle Hill this weekend for a marathon event to help prevent suicide.
Hit the Hill will take place from Saturday morning with about 800 walkers expected to walk up and down Castle Hill for 24 hours.
Money raised by the annual event will this year go towards the Bishop Michael Putney Foundation, which aims to reduce youth suicide in the region, with a focus on rugby league players.
Bishop Michael Putney Foundation board member Brent Tate said the walk was a great way to raise awareness of mental health issues and suicide.
“That’s the great thing about living in Townsville and living in North Queensland, that community spirit,” Tate said.
“This is something that’s very close to my heart. When a group of young men come together there’s always going to be some of these issues.
“I think Hit The Hill is another program that’s getting people talking about this.”
Tate said he would miss out on doing the walk this year but knew there would be a great atmosphere.
“There’s some wonderful stories that you hear when you’re on the hill, there’s some heartbreaking ones as well,” he said.
Hit The Hill will take place from 8am on Saturday until 8am Sunday.
UP FOR IT: Ashley Finn and son Michael, 4, will be part of Hit the Hill.