I've created this page because I want to make a difference. I'm inspired by the work of GriefLine Community & Family Services and wanted to support them by raising money. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button.
Whilst we all know someone close to us who battles the effects of mental health on a daily basis, on the 23rd of July 2015, I was personally affected in the worst possible way. My best mate, a man I considered to be my brother, Robbie McMullen, took his own life leaving behind three young children, a loving family and friends.
Robbie’s death is something I have struggled to come to terms with, not only grieving his death but constantly questioning what I could have done differently to prevent it. Did I miss a sign, should I have seen this coming, could I have changed the outcome? I often find myself questioning what deep dark place he must have been in to feel that suicide was even an option, it’s a place I hope I or those around me never know.
I found strength in others suffering from PTSD and other mental health issues during my two treks of the Kokoda trail. On each of the treks I got to hear the stories from returned soldiers and the parents of soldiers killed in action. The friendships I made, the trust I earned and the subsequent stories I was told have made me extremely passionate about our service men and women and the battles they face returning from service.
Earlier this year I was led the Chamberlain Foundation’s “Chambo Challenge”, trekking over five days from the NSW South Coast to the highest point in Australia.
On November 7th, along with 11 other riders I will be cycling from Canberra to Melbourne on the inaugural Razor Ride.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!