24-hour Pilates for a Purpose event on May 25 to raise money for suicide prevention


Pictured (L-R) Claire Eardley, Jasmyn Burnett, Emily Loughnan. Photo: Will Russell
Pictured (L-R) Claire Eardley, Jasmyn Burnett, Emily Loughnan. Photo: Will Russell

ANYONE who wants a challenge and to help a good cause can join a 24-hour Pilates for a Purpose event on Friday May 25.

Over the course of a day, 30-minute slots of reformer pilates will be available to complete as well as face painting, outdoor movie screenings and dance classes.

The event is in support of the Kai Eardley Fundwhich was established in honour of Kai, who took his own life at 20, to prevent suicide in young men.

Foundation starter and Kai’s mother Claire Eardleysaid it was the second year this event had taken place.

“We have two studios with four reformer beds and the aim is to keep in continuous motion,” she said.

“The event is inspired by Telethon and similar events where treadmills or rowing machines are in constant motion.

“We recognise that physical exercise plays an important role in maintaining healthy mental health.”

The event will allow for 400 people to attend over the 24 hours.

Last year the event raised $25,000 and Mrs Eardley said it would support the Man Up program.

“We are privileged to support the work that they do,” she said.

“In 12 months we have supported 30 such workshops.

“This year we will able to offer an informal session with facilitators Tom Bell and Zac Prior.”

Physiotherapist Emily Loughnanwho is conducting two classes during the 24 hours said the other physios will be rotating through two hour time slots of instructing.

“A couple of staff live very close to the clinic so there might be a bit of bed swapping and sharing,” she said.

“There will be a maximum of four participants per instructor at a time. At peak times, if demand is high, we will open a second studio.”

The Cottesloe resident said she hopes the event will help the fund continue to create positive change for the mental health of youths and honour the life of Kai.

“With our expert facilitators present at the event, we also hope to show our community where their donations are going and how they are helping to make a difference,” she said.

For help, call beyondblue on 1300 224636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

THE ESSENTIALS:

WHAT: Pilates for a Purpose

WHEN: 12pm Friday May 25 to 12pm Saturday May 26

WHERE: 10 Silas Street East Fremantle

To support the event, make a donation here.

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