(Australia, Queensland, Brisbane) Thursday, 6 September 2018 – Queenslanders will again lead the way and bring together people from all corners of the community at the Walk for Awareness in Brisbane on Sunday, October 7.
Friday marks one month until the eight kilometre walk where people come together to support each other, raise vital funds and break the silence on mental health issues which effect the whole community.
This is the eighth year of the fun and friendly event around the scenic Brisbane River, with organisers targeting over 5,000 people to ensure the greatest positive impact.
An initiative of the Mental Awareness Foundation (MAF), set-up by brothers Tudor and Wesley Vasile, this community event is a key part of the Queensland Mental Health Week (6-14 October).
“We are the opening event for 2018 Queensland Mental Health Week, we encourage everyone to get involved and Walk for Awareness on Sunday, 7 October,” Tudor said.
“Share your experience, it’s a fun, safe environment and we really want your presence there to help us raise our $150,000 target to support charities that work directly with communities and proactively implement initiatives to raise awareness of mental illnesses and support services.
“We also want to get more men involved! Not many people know but the suicide rate is actually three times higher in males so we need to encourage them to start talking.”
The brothers began their mental health advocacy in 2011 when they lost two close friends to mental health related illnesses. Wesley says the walk is all about bringing the conversation into a public forum, as a stepping stone for more discussions.
“After losing two of my mates, I had so many unanswered questions and my friends and family really struggled to discuss it, like the subject was off limits,” Wesley said.
“This didn’t sit well with me, it wasn’t good enough. That’s where the idea came from to make these discussions front of mind, ordinary, real and an option for everyone.”
Brisbane Broncos captain Darius Boyd said in a Facebook video to support the event.
“I want you to support the Mental Awareness Foundation in the eighth annual Walk for Awareness. Did you know that participation in an event like this is a strategy toward improving your mental health so get behind it, grab a friend and bring more awareness to depression and suicide prevention,” Boyd said.
The message is a simple and important one.
“Get outside, do something that makes you feel good and come for a stroll to support the Mental Health Foundation in the Walk for Awareness on Sunday 7 October,” Wesley said.
“We encourage the community to get involved. Participation is the key. Inspire others to join you and we can guarantee that you will have a good time.”
A video package of last year’s Walk For Awareness shows what a sensational and fun event it is, check out the 2017 Walk for Awareness highlights.
At the 2018 Walk for Awareness, participants will gather at Captain Burke Park in Kangaroo Point for inspiring entertainment, an opening ceremony of remembrance before the walk around Brisbane’s scenic river and over Story Bridge.
Registrations for the event are now open via www.walkforawareness.com.au. People of all ages, genders and fitness levels are encouraged to get involved, enter as an individual or set-up a team to help raise funds and make a difference on the front line with mental illness.
EVENT DETAILS – Walk For Awareness
Date: Sunday, 7th October 2018
Time: 6:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Captain Burke Park, Kangaroo Point, QLD
Who: Open to everyone. A family, friends and pet-friendly event
Cost: $30 for anyone aged 13+. Children are free but must be registered with an adult
$$ go to: Raised funds through entries and sponsorship go to advocates on the front line of mental illness.
Sign up: http://walkforawareness.com.au/
For further information and to arrange interviews with Wesley and Tudor who are enthusiastic and exceptional talent, or other participants who have indicated they are willing to share their story, please contact:
Andrew Reid Courtney Akrigg
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0412 335 258 0411 167 975
ABOUT WALK FOR AWARENESS
Walk for Awareness is Australia’s Largest Mental Health Walk dedicated to transforming the way the world views, thinks and speaks about mental related illnesses. The Walk rallies the community together for an 8km walk around Brisbane city to break the silence, discuss openly and raise much needed funds for advocates on the front line of mental illness. The event is an initiative of the Mental Awareness Foundation and the unwavering crusade of founders Tudor and Wesley Vasile, whose goal is to bring mental health discussions from behind closed doors into everyday life. To share in the experience or find out how you can get involved, visit: http://walkforawareness.com.au/