Media Release - Suicide Prevention Research Scholarships Announced Following National Community Challenge Raising Over $400k

14 June 2018

14 June 2018: Suicide Prevention Australia is pleased to announce a new series of research scholarships thanks to community funds raised through the national Tread Together 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge held in partnership with Anytime Fitness Australia.

The national event, hosted at almost 300 Anytime Fitness clubs across the country, brought together thousands of community members, local businesses, community services, politicians and celebrities to show their support for suicide prevention. 

“This community event series has been the biggest we have ever seen. Seeing hundreds of communities and thousands of Australians coming together to raise funds and suicide prevention awareness, has been both inspiring and humbling”, said Suicide Prevention Australia National Research Fund Director Sue Murray.

“We must match investment in suicide prevention research to the magnitude of the public health problem we face with suicide. Translation of that research into practical application of what works for our communities is critical to supporting more Australians to live.”

“Our heartfelt thanks goes to the Anytime Fitness clubs, members, staff and networks for their commitment to taking action in their communities. Together, you are making a difference,” said Ms Murray.

Anytime Fitness Australia CEO, Arthur McColl, has been a great supporter of the Tread Together event.

“Here at Anytime Fitness, we’re passionate about moving as one, and we certainly saw the power of our network’s unison in action during the Tread Together 24-hour treadmill challenge.

“For the second year in a row, we teamed up with Suicide Prevention Australia to help make a difference by raising funds and opening up community conversations around suicide and mental health. We’re pleased that the funds raised through this event will go towards valuable research aimed at saving lives,” said Mr McColl.

About Tread Together: Tread Together is a national community suicide prevention event that took place on 25-26 May across hundreds of communities and involved thousands of Australians.

This event was started by community, for community. It has its roots back in 2013, when a group of friends from Maroubra in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, who were bereaved by suicide, started a 24-hour community treadmill challenge event to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention.

Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA) acknowledges the founders of this event and the passion and effort of everyone who's been involved in the journey so far. Thank you for being part of creating Australia’s largest ever suicide prevention community challenge. We invite everyone in the country to join us as we continue to grow these events and engage even more Australians each year.

For the second year running, Suicide Prevention Australia has partnered with Anytime Fitness to hold this national 24-hour treadmill challenge event in support of suicide prevention. www.treadtogether.org.au

About Anytime Fitness Australia: Anytime Fitness is Australia’s biggest fitness community with close to 500 clubs and over 500,000 members nationwide. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing members with convenient, reliable and affordable fitness options in friendly facilities with top-quality equipment. Members can work out any time, in any of the Anytime Fitness clubs worldwide.

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. 

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14 June 2018
Suicide Prevention Australia is pleased to announce a new series of research scholarships thanks to community funds raised through the national Tread Together 24 Hour Treadmill Challenge held in partnership with Anytime Fitness Australia. The national event, hosted at almost 300 Anytime Fitness clu