North Fremantle: 24 hour challenge to encourage everyone to ask R U OK

Jay Boothman and Aian Mclennan at the Clubhouse Movement Studio where they are holding a 24-Hour Run 7 Row Challenge.
Jay Boothman and Aian Mclennan at the Clubhouse Movement Studio where they are holding a 24-Hour Run 7 Row Challenge.

A NEW North Fremantle gym is encouraging all people to ask others R U OK?

The Clubhouse Movement Studio hosted a 24-hour Run and Row Challenge for R U OK Day on September 13.

They had to keep one rower and one treadmill moving at all times from 5.30am Thursday to 5.30am Friday .

Gym founder Aian Mclennan said it was the first time they had done such a fundraiser but they wanted to use the gym’s platform to raise awareness.

“At The Clubhouse, we believe that mental health is just as important as physical fitness,” he said.

“Having dealt with my own personal mental health issues for many years, I found that fitness is a great remedy to help with symptoms of mental illness such as anxiety and depression.

“I wanted to do something that involves our members and the local community, whilst raising awareness at the same time, so that’s where the 24-hour challenge idea came from.”

The gym had 35 people sign up and Mr Mclennan said the support has been overwhelming.

“I hope that the challenge encourages people to talk about mental health – every day is a day to ask someone “Are you okay?”,” he said.

“We want people to know that it’s OK to say “No, I’m not OK.

“The 24-Hour Challenge is nothing in comparison to what people struggling with a mental illness deal with on a daily basis, it’s about driving conversation, offering our support and looking out for each other.

“From my experience, many people, particularly young men, are embarrassed to talk about it – we want to break this stigma.”

The gym owner said he hopes to raise $5,000 and plans to make it an annual event.