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Running to reach youth

Published Thursday, 9th July 2015

The City of Wanneroo Youth Services team and other City service units have united to support a cause close to their hearts.

Wannarunneroos

The Wanna-runner-roos will run 14km at the Swan River Run on 26 July to raise $1000 for youth mental health charity ReachOut. 

Youth Services coordinator Lenni Duffield said although suicide was the leading cause of death among young Australians, most young people did not receive the information and support required to get them through tough times.

“Many staff members enjoy running so it made sense to try and challenge ourselves as a team while raising money for a service which we refer young people onto on a regular basis,” she said.  

“Our team started as just a few members of the youth team and has now grown to include staff members across the City as well as other friends and family members.” 

The team selected youth support worker and tri-athlete Alise Farrelly as coach to prepare the Wanna-runner-roos with mini training guides and weekly hints and tips to get them hitting the pavement.

ReachOut.com provides support, information and resources to young Australians at risk of suicide to improve their understanding of mental health issues and increase their awareness of the help available. 

If you would like to support the Wanna-runner-roos team in the fight against youth suicide, you can donate at https://swanrun2015.everydayhero.com/au/the-wanna-runner-roos.

Photo Caption: Alise Farrelly, Lenni Duffield and Laura Hardy (Front). Mick Leeming, Ossie Bravo, Sean Gallacher and Danielle Tilbrook (back).

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