Run for fun and a se­ri­ous cause

Whitsunday Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

TO WALK a mile in some­one else’s shoes, lit­er­ally means to try and un­der­stand an­other per­son’s out­look, their life, and their mo­ti­va­tions.

And this is ex­actly the ethos be­hind this year’s Air­lie Beach Race Week Fun Run, which will sup­port sui­cide pre­ven­tion and help raise aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues through the ‘A Mile in their Shoes’ char­ity.

Whit­sun­day Run­ning Club mem­ber and CEO of Parkrun Aus­tralia, Tim Oberg, who or­gan­ised this year’s Fun Run, said there was “no doubt” men­tal health is­sues were on the rise and, in par­tic­u­lar in the Whit­sun­days, men’s men­tal health is­sues.

He said he had ad­dressed his own is­sues of anx­i­ety, and be­lieved it was im­por­tant peo­ple had the con­fi­dence to seek help and talk about their feel­ings, while also cre­at­ing a strong sup­port net­work.

“If one per­son is feel­ing a bit low, and seeks help be­cause of this, then it has been a worth­while event,” he said.

Vice-pres­i­dent of the lo­cal A Mile in their Shoes char­ity group, Kevin Fancke, said they wanted to pro­vide a solid sup­port net­work for friends and fam­ily of peo­ple who suf­fered with de­pres­sion.

“We want to ed­u­cate peo­ple that sys­tems are in place to help peo­ple who need help,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to utilise the ser­vices that are out there.”

A Mile in their Shoes pro­vides fund­ing for train­ing cour­ses and free sem­i­nars to help peo­ple recog­nise the symp­toms and trig­gers of men­tal health is­sues.

Air­lie Beach Race Week event mar­ket­ing man­ager Adrian Bram said this was the sail­ing event’s se­cond fun run and the Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing would sup­port the cause by do­nat­ing $1 for each mile the run­ners or walk­ers com­pleted. Mr Bram said the ‘mile-long’ course, from the sail­ing club along the fore­shore to the Port of Air­lie and back again, could be walked, jogged or run.

PHOTO: AN­DREW PAT­TIN­SON / VAMPP PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

RUN A MILE: The Fes­ti­val of Sail­ing's fun run is a great com­mu­nity event.

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