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From Cr Cheryl Fuller, Mayor – Central Coast Council and Casey van Eysden, President – Rotary Club of Ulverstone West.
Re Inaugural Lift the Walk for Mental Health
Central Coast Council Participating in Rotary Club of Ulverstone West’s inaugural Lift the Lid Walk.
On 18 February 2024, the Rotary Club of Ulverstone West will host its inaugural Lift the Lid Walk. The walk will start at Ulverstone Rowing Club, then continue towards Picnic Point and return.
The Lift the Lid Walks have been held across Australia for several years and this will be the first year it’s held in Tasmania’s Central Coast. The aim of these walks is to help break down the barriers and stigma associated with mental health, as well as raise much needed funds for mental health research.
Last year’s walks raised around $123,000 across Australia for Australian Rotary Health’s (ARH) mental health research. A particular focus of ARH is the ground-breaking research into the mental health of children aged 0 – 12.
Casey van Eysden, President Rotary Club of Ulverstone West, said the club has a history of spreading awareness on mental health issues.
“When the opportunity was presented for us to run a Lift the Lid Walk, it was only natural that we should accept the challenge.” Said Casey van Eysden, President Rotary Club of Ulverstone West.
As strong mental health advocates, Central Coast Council’s CEO Barry Omundson and Mayor Cheryl Fuller will be participating in the inaugural event. Both saw the Lift the Lid Walk as a special opportunity to advocate Council’s commitment to endorsing and supporting mental health awareness.
“Mental health is an integral part of ensuring healthy communities and workforces. Central Coast Council will always champion local community groups who are trying to bring greater awareness to the area of mental health”. Said Cr Cheryl Fuller, Mayor Central Coast Council.
Council and Rotary Club of Ulverstone West encourage people to get involved and help raise awareness of the mental health issues faced in all areas of the community.
“We encourage workforces, schools, community groups, families, and individuals to participate in this good cause.” – Said Casey van Eysden, President Rotary Club of Ulverstone West.
“I’d like to thank Council and our sponsors for their support in getting this inaugural event off the ground.” He said.