Time for Hire recog­ni­tion

Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

ROCK­ING­HAM Flames player Greg Hire was hum­bled to win the youth cat­e­gory at the 2018 Western Aus­tralian of the Year Awards last Fri­day.

The Perth Wild­cats vice­cap­tain was recog­nised for his sev­eral projects, char­i­ties and ini­tia­tives to com­bat men­tal ill­ness and youth sui­cide.

His ad­vo­cacy work has been un­der­taken through the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League, his own com­mu­nity net­works and his char­ity A Stitch in Time, which aims to en­cour­age re­silience among young peo­ple through sport, men­tor­ing and com­mu­nity work­shops.

Founded in 2014, A Stitch in Time’s pro­grams are im­ple­mented through part­ner­ships with schools and sport­ing as­so­ci­a­tions, with a strong fo­cus on sup­port­ing at-risk youths.

In a re­cent part­ner­ing with Bi­nar Sports, the char­ity also cre­ated an elite ath­lete path­way to in­clude not only phys­i­cal de­vel­op­ment but men­tal and so­cial well­be­ing.

Hire is also an am­bas­sador for Youth Fo­cus and was awarded a Pride of Aus­tralia medal af­ter he was com­mended for sav­ing the lives of two young peo­ple through his char­ity work.

“The last few days have been in­cred­i­ble, hum­bling and an ab­so­lute whirl­wind,” he said.

“Whilst I was ex­tremely proud to have been ac­knowl­edged for the work A Stitch in Time does, the most im­por­tant thing for me was to be able to stand in front of the Premier of WA, Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, for­mer Western Aus­tralians of the Year and other cat­e­gory win­ners in a room full of peo­ple and chal­lenge their thoughts, bring aware­ness to our ob­jec­tives and reem­pha­sise the im­por­tance of men­tal health and sui­cide pre­ven­tion.

“Too many lives have been lost al­ready to sui­cide.

“Ac­tions need to be im­ple­mented and whilst we have so far to go, Fri­day night was a con­tin­u­a­tion of some­thing that I think will make a dif­fer­ence.”

Greg Hire on the podium.

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