A series of recent tragedies involving local young people taking their own lives has spurred the Emu Sports Club into action to help those struggling with mental health issues.
The club will host a charity golf day on October 13, raising funds to run mental health awareness and suicide prevention programs in local schools.
Club chief executive Andrew Gardner said suicide was the leading cause of death among Australians aged between 15 and 24 years, accounting for more than one-third of deaths in the age group nationwide in 2015 according to figures from the Australia Bureau of Statistics.
“There have been a number of students recently whom the community has, sadly, lost to suicide,” Mr Gardner said.
“We are fundraising to provide support to students that are struggling with mental health issues.”
If we can use our facilities to help other people, why not do it? It’s all about the club supporting the local community.Andrew Gardner
The golf day will raise money to run programs at local high schools to help senior students recognise signs that someone needs help, where to go for help, and how to start the conversation.
Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School will run the program – which costs around $4,000 – in 2018, and Mr Gardner is hopeful enough money will be raised so a second school, McCarthy Catholic College, can also run the program.
“This will be the first one of its kind in the local area, the first one of our programs we will be doing,” he said.
“We get people coming in to run a charity event, but we are looking at this from our own perspective and doing what we can do to help people in the local area.
“If we can use our facilities to help other people, why not do it? It’s all about the club supporting the local community.”
The four ball ambrose event will tee off at 8.30am on Friday, October 13, and the $120 entry per person includes lunch and a shared cart.
Every cent of the funds raised will go towards the school programs, and other competitions and prizes will also be on offer on the day.
Sponsors are still being sought from local businesses and individuals.
For more information on sponsorship or to book to play in the event, contact 4735-5300.
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