Anytime Fitness and Suicide Prevention Australia together raise $390,000 for community suicide prevention initiatives

11 August 2017

Suicide Prevention Australia in partnership with Anytime Fitness Australia is pleased to announce that $390,000 of community funds has been raised to support suicide prevention initiatives across the country, thanks to the Plebs, Pros and Personalities 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge held on 28-29 July 2017. These events at almost 300 Anytime Fitness clubs across the nation brought together community members, local businesses, community services, politicians and celebrities to show their support for suicide prevention. Read the thank you message sent to all participants.

“This community event series has been the biggest we have ever seen. To think this event started with one treadmill in a surf club in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, to hundreds of locations and thousands of community members coming together to raise funds and suicide prevention awareness, has been both inspiring and humbling”, said Chief Executive Sue Murray.

“A heartfelt thank you to the original founders of the Plebs, Pros and Personalities for Suicide Prevention Australia (PPP4SPA) community events, Aaron Moore and Ben Higgs (Rise Foundation), and all who have helped this event to grow over the years.”

“This type of community and business partnership is invaluable. We commend the Anytime Fitness Australia team for showing businesses across the country what can be achieved when they step up for suicide prevention,” said Ms Murray.

Anytime Fitness Australia CEO Arthur McColl has been a great supporter of this challenge.

“Working with Suicide Prevention Australia on the Treadmill Challenge has been incredible. We’re delighted that our clubs, members, and communities came together, creating awareness for such an important cause, and raising funds that will make a big difference to communities moving forwards. It takes a strong team spirit to make these events success, and we were overwhelmed with some of the amazing things we saw over those 24 hours,” said Mr McColl.

The funds raised from this event series will support building the capacity of those with personal experiences of suicide to participate in local community prevention efforts, as well as contribute to growing the National  Suicide Prevention Research Fund.

Suicide Prevention Australia and Anytime Fitness Australia have announced that the Anytime Fitness Plebs, Pros and Personalities 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge will return in 2018. To find out more or to donate to the event series, visit http://anytimefitnessppp4spa2017.everydayhero.do/

Media Contact: Kim Borrowdale P: 02 9262 1130 (or 0406 149 099 out of office hours) E: kimb@suicidepreventionaust.org

About the Plebs, Pros and Personalities (PPP4SPA) 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge

The Plebs, Pros & Personalities (PPP4SPA) 24 hour treadmill challenge was founded in 2013 by a group of friends led by SPA friend Aaron More and Community Ambassador Ben Higgs (The Rise Foundation), introduced to SPA by Matt Dee (FTW Revolution). They had all sadly lost loved ones to suicide and wanted to bring people together to make a difference. Since then, this event has been hosted nationally by incredibly inspiring people who are united in their passion for raising awareness and funds for suicide prevention.

About the Anytime Fitness Australia PPP4SPA 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge

From 28-29 July 2017, Anytime Fitness hosted a national 24-hour treadmill challenge to raise awareness and funds for Suicide Prevention Australia. This event saw hundreds of Anytime Fitness clubs and thousands of members across the country stepping up to the treadmill challenge and moving as one over a 24-hour period. To participate, individuals registered to run or walk a portion of the 24 hours at their local Anytime Fitness club, with all funds going to Suicide Prevention Australia. For more information visit the website.

Talking about suicide in the media: A reminder of the Mindframe National Media guidelines - www.mindframe-media.info/ - and www.conversationsmatter.com.au for tips on how to talk safely and constructively about suicide. 

Crisis support information

Lifeline 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au 
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 www.kidshelp.com.au
MensLine 1300 78 99 78 www.mensline.org.au

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