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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.

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