Shepparton’s Anytime Fitness is once again throwing its support behind suicide prevention, holding the Tread As One 24-Hour Treadmill Challenge for Suicide Prevention Australia.
The local gym is calling on residents of Greater Shepparton to get on deck and keep the belt rolling from May 31 to June 1 along with more than 250 Anytime Fitness gyms across the country.
Club manager Nathan Findlay said this was the fourth time the Shepparton gym would take part in the national fundraiser since it began in Sydney five years ago.
Mr Findlay said following the success of last year’s 24-hour treadmill challenge, he was thrilled to be hosting the fundraiser again.
‘‘We had great numbers last year and lots of support from club members and others, as well as other gyms too,’’ he said.
With 15-minute intervals filling as the challenge approaches, Mr Findlay encouraged people to get online and register as a particpant.
‘‘You can book online through our social media pages or through our website.’’
Mr Findlay said he wanted to raise funds for Suicide Prevention Australia, but it was also about getting the word out there and encouraging people to talk about the topic of suicide and mental health.
‘‘I just want people to be aware. It’s a very serious thing and it touches a lot of people in various ways,’’ he said.
‘‘I think everyone has been affected by somebody who’s comitted suicide or mental health at some point in their life and it’s just a way to show your support.’’
Mr Findlay said regardless of the amount, every donation helped to make a difference.
‘‘It may be something small, but even if it’s a donation of a dollar - it all counts and it all goes to a good cause to help others who have suffered,’’ he said.
The Tread As One 24-Hour Treadmill Challenge will be held at Anytime Fitness, 62 Railway Parade, Shepparton from Friday, May 31 at 3 pm until June 1 at 3pm.