PEOPLE from across Perth came out in a strong show of support for the Second Annual Golf Memorial Day for Rhys Connor at Marri Park Golf Course and Tavern in Casuarina.
The event was to honour fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) worker Rhys Connor (25), who committed suicide in 2013 at a Pilbara mining site, and raise funds for Zero2Hero – a WA-based not-for-profit organisation which aims to address mental health problems openly among young people.
Rhys’ parents Peter and Anita Miller have worked tirelessly to draw attention to mental health issues, especially in the FIFO workforce.
Mr Miller said the day was a great success and raised more than $13,000 for Zero2Hero.
“It’s good to know that there are people out there who want to talk about mental health,” he said.
“It gives people the courage and the ability to talk about their own issues and they know people will be behind them.”
Supporters of the day travelled from as far north as Port Hedland and as far south as Bunbury to either take part in the ambrose golf tournament or attend a meal and a tribute show by Annie Lennox and Freddie Mercury impersonators.
It is estimated that there were up to 80 players out on the golf course vying for the Memorial Cup, which was won by the CFMEU (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union) team.
CFMEU State secretary Mick Buchan said the team was proud to support the valuable work of Peter and Anita Miller who are raising awareness of mental health issues in the community, particularly among FIFO workers.
“Our team members were pleased to take part in the golf day to raise money for Zero2Hero,” he said.
“We will continue to support Peter and Anita Miller’s work to encourage everyone to speak out about mental health issues and to look out for each other.”
At least 150 people attended the dinner and after function.
Mr Miller said it was extremely rewarding to see such a great turn out and he expects the event will continue to grow each year.
Marri Park Golf Course golf professional Tony Bodmer originally came up with the idea to hold a memorial day for Rhys, who was a well-liked customer at the Marri Park Golf Tavern.
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