Suicide Prevention Australia Champion for Life Ingrid Kennerley, together with five close friends, completed the Sunday Mail Bay-City in Adelaide, raising awareness for suicide prevention and an outstanding $5,300 in memory of her beloved husband, Brock.
“I lost my husband to suicide 7 years ago. This was my first exposure to suicide so it rocked me to the core. There was no apparent reason (no signs of mental illness or any other reason). Since this experience I’ve become very passionate about sharing my story in the hope that it will help prevent this tragedy happening to someone else. I am also passionate about support for family and friends that have been bereaved by suicide. I have been very open in sharing our experience and how we’ve coped as a family, as he left me with our son, Jacob, who was not quite 10 and daughter, Nikita, who was nearly 7 at the time.
I chose to support SPA as I like their approach to suicide prevention throughout Australia and particularly within the regional areas of Australia where we live. I feel that as the peak body, they may have more influence on government policies, as this is where prevention starts. I like the fact that their approach is to significantly reduce the number of suicides in Australia. For a lot of other groups their motto is no suicides. I believe this is unachievable as it will always be in our community, but reducing the percentage I see as more achievable.
My experience has been overwhelming and very humbling. I started out with the aim of raising $500, I reached this target within 2 days, and by the end I raised almost $5,300 - way beyond my wildest expectations. It was very rewarding, not only the monetary donations, but also the encouragement and support I received from my family, friends and the community I live in and beyond. Raising the amount of the money I did and actually doing the walk were the highlight of my experience.
My advice to anyone else considering fundraising for SPA is - don’t just think about it, do it. It is one of the most rewarding experiences. I did it in memory of Brock, my husband, all of the other people that have succumbed to suicide, and their families that are left behind, like ours was, to pick up the pieces and to get on with life.
I really appreciated the support I received from SPA along the way. It made my experience even more enjoyable, knowing that the organisation that you are fundraising for really appreciates it, and hearing that first-hand means even more.”
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