Three million people in Australia are living with depression or anxiety and an average eight people take their own lives each day.
Beyond Blue’s vision is for all people in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health. It’s thanks to the generosity of the community that we can keep our Support Service running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This phone and online service is staffed by mental health professionals and provides life-saving support to hundreds of people every day. With your support, we will also continue to innovate and deliver new services and programs that reduce stigma and encourage people to speak up in times of need.
Taking part in a running event is a great way to improve your own physical and mental health while raising funds for Beyond Blue. From the 5km walk to the 42km marathon, there are plenty of events for all fitness levels. We can help guide and support you through the fundraising process, so you can spend more time focusing on your training! The #teambeyondblue community on social media will also serve up plenty of motivation.
It’s easy to get started. Simply sign up for the event and create an online fundraising page. Within two working days, one of our Fundraising Coordinators will be in touch to check in with you and help you get your fundraising started. When you raise over $50, we’ll send you an official Beyond Blue training singlet to welcome you to the team.
The funds and awareness you will raise will help us enormously to support people to protect their mental health and reduce people’s experience of stigma and discrimination and improve people’s opportunities to get effective support and services at the right time. Together we can make a real difference to the lives of people affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.
For more information about anxiety, depression and suicide prevention please visit www.beyondbue.org.au
Australian Red Cross is committed to helping vulnerable people across Australia and further afield. Our work is focused on improving lives and reducing vulnerability: from reconnecting families and finding out the fate of loved ones torn apart by war, to providing over 750,000 nutritious breakfasts to school children each year. And when disaster strikes around the country, we are among the first to arrive and the last to leave. Red Cross believes that mobilising the power of humanity can make a real difference to those in need – run for Red Cross and play your part in making the world a better place.
The Difference you make
Red Cross works with the most vulnerable people and communities in Australia and internationally. Our work is focused around seven priority areas:
Strengthening national emergency preparedness, response and recovery
Increasing international aid and development
Partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Overcoming social exclusion by providing bridges back into the community
Tackling entrenched locational disadvantage
Championing international humanitarian law.
Addressing the impact of migration
The Heart Foundation
Join us in saving Australian hearts The Heart Foundation’s work is purpose-driven, focused on stopping Australia’s biggest killer: heart disease, taking 51 lives every day. To achieve this, we fund world-leading heart research and work to improve heart disease prevention, care and support. The Heart Foundation makes a real difference in the fight for the heart health of Australians. Every day our work delivers: support for people living with heart disease and people looking to improve their heart health; education and resources across living a heart-healthy lifestyle; funding for heart health researchers; support for health professionals to prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease; and advocacy for governments and industry to increase funding.
Together, we are making progress in the fight to save Australian hearts. While heart disease is still the leading cause of death, Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows the rate of deaths has decreased by 86% since their peak in 1968. The Heart Foundation is there for the 580,000 Australians living with heart disease today, and we are working to prevent and manage heart disease for future generations.
We’ve been fighting for Aussie hearts for more than 60 years: we welcome your support.
Run for HEART
We are proud to mark our fourth year as one of Melbourne Marathon’s associate charity partners. The Heart Foundation team is looking forward to supporting you along the way and on event day at our marquee in the Team Village.
As a charity, we rely mostly on the generosity of everyday Australians; So thank you for being part of the community! We will be here for you every step of the way as you participate and raise money to fight heart disease. Raise $250 or more and get a free running singlet. Or, if you raise $1000 or more, you will receive a personalised “Champion” singlet with your name on it!
JAMES MACREADY-BRYAN’S STORY
This is James Macready-Bryan’s story. In October 2006, on his 20th birthday, a night out with friends went terribly, terribly wrong. James was assaulted in an act of senseless violence. A knock-out punch sent his head slamming into the pavement, causing total, permanent and catastrophic brain injury. The sporty, life-loving student is now housed in a young people’s residential facility where he requires 24-hour care. He cannot move or speak, and is fed through a tube. For young people with acquired brain injury – especially those not injured by a car or at work – support is often hard to find, complicated, underfunded and inefficient. The JMB Foundation was set up to try to make life a bit easier for families coping with the awful reality of catastrophic brain injury. ABI doesn’t discriminate. It could happen to any of us.
RUN FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T and help us to help young people with ABI
As you prepare to enter one of the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival events, able bodied and full of energy and hope, imagine what it would be like not to be able to walk, or see, or eat, or speak. That is the world of many young people who suffer from a severe acquired brain injury (ABI). Often their high care needs make living at home impossible and they are moved into aged care homes. The JMB Foundation raises money to help young people who, like James, are living with ABI. We do this by providing funds for care and services that would otherwise be completely out of financial reach for individuals and their families. The help we provide takes many forms, from funding for home modifications, such as the installation of ramps or wheelchair-friendly bathrooms, or equipment that assists with mobility or comfort levels, to contributing towards the cost of one-on-one care, remedial therapy, respite care or participation in community access activities. This funding is only possible with the generous support of our donors. Donations are the Foundation’s sole source of income and the money we raise is made available to approved applicants through a twice-yearly applications process. In 2017 JMB Foundation gave grants totalling almost $203,000 to provide support for young men and women with an ABI, and we know this funding has made a genuine difference to their care, comfort and quality of life.
HELP US TO RAISE AWARENESS
When you register for your event, join the JMB Foundation Team. We’ll give you a free JMB Foundation T-shirt or singlet to wear on the day.
HELP US TO RAISE MONEY
When you register in an event, make sure you choose to fundraise for JMB Foundation. Once you’ve created your fundraising page you can link it to our JMB fundraising team page too. If you’ve already completed your registration but didn’t choose to fundraise, it’s not too late. You can still create a fundraising campaign for JMB Foundation here. With the generous support of our donors, the JMB Foundation can continue to provide the funding that makes such a difference to the lives of the young people we help. We aim to build our fundraising to enable us to expand our grants program, so that in the future we can give even more financial assistance to a greater number of young men and women with an ABI, and help to improve life for them, their carers and their families. If you’d like more information or need any help, just drop us a line – firstname.lastname@example.org – or visit our website: www.jmbfoundation.org.au
SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS
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