Step­ping up for youth

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Sport -

WEST Coast Fever net­baller Court­ney Bruce is run­ning 12km in this year’s City to Surf to raise funds for Youth Fo­cus’ free men­tal health ser­vices.

A Youth Fo­cus am­bas­sador since 2014, Bruce says rais­ing aware­ness about men­tal health is an is­sue close to her heart.

“I'm pas­sion­ate about re­duc­ing the stigma that stops so many peo­ple get­ting the help they need,” the Scar­bor­ough res­i­dent said.

Youth Fo­cus pro­vides free men­tal health ser­vices in their ef­fort to stop youth sui­cide, the lead­ing cause of death for Aus­tralians un­der the age of 25.

Youth Fo­cus chief ex­ec­u­tive Jenny Allen said she was proud of Bruce’s ef­forts to raise aware­ness and funds for the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“She’s an out­stand­ing role model for young Western Aus­tralians,” Ms Allen said.

“As less than 20 per cent of our an­nual in­come comes from the Gov­ern­ment, we rely heav­ily on cor­po­rate sup­port and com­mit­ted in­di­vid­u­als like Court- ney.”

Bruce said she was ex­cited to put her elite fit­ness to the test for a good cause.

“The world can be a dark, scary and lonely place but Youth Fo­cus is work­ing hard to help young peo­ple who are strug­gling to see light at the end of the tun­nel,” she said.

Visit chevroncity to­surf2015.ev­ery­day youth-fo­cus to sup­port the cause.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d442129

Court­ney Bruce is tak­ing on the City to Surf.

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