Drive to fundraise for mental health

Mr Hughson will hit 100 golf balls every hour for 12 hours to raise money and awareness for mental health organisation beyondblue.

The beyondblue spokesman said he hid his mental health issues from friends and family for years, but when he finally opened up about his depression and bipolar disorder, it was like “taking the mask off”.

“I just wish I had done it five or 10 years earlier,” he said.

Mr Hughson said the challenge would be physically gruelling as he attempted to hit a golf ball down the course every 36 seconds.

“I’ve been playing golf for 15 years…but I’ve never had a hole in one,” he said.

“I’m not a runner, I’m not a swimmer so I had to find something I would enjoy and I wanted a physical challenge.

“It works out to be hitting one ball every 36 seconds.”

Mr Hughson will have his personal trainer, who is also his physio, on call during the challenge. “He will be bringing his massage table down,” he said.

So far, the challenge has raised more than $7000 for beyondblue, with an ultimate target of $20,000.

The public is welcome to watch Mr Hughson attempt the challenge at the WA Golf Club in Yokine from 7am to 7pm on Saturday.

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