Mt Hawthorn colleagues taking part in HBF Run for a Reason for Lifeline

Nathan Das-Gupta and Pamela Dewar.
Nathan Das-Gupta and Pamela Dewar.

TAKING part in this month’s Run for Reason means plenty for Mt Hawthorn colleagues Pamela Dewar and Nathan Das-Gupta.

The Discus Digital Print employees will raise money for Lifeline WA by running a three-legged 12km sprint.

Mr Das-Gupta said the pair were motivated by the recent loss of people they knew to suicide, which hit them hard.

“Over the last 12 months, both Pam and I have known people all under the age of 30, all with young children who have taken their own lives,” he said.

“It highlights the importance of services being available to those in times of need.”

Ms Dewar said they would tie their feet to set themselves an added challenge to overcome as a team.

“Life can be full of obstacles and you need good support around you to help get through life’s tough times,” she said.

“I have a friend by my side, who’s there to pick me up if I fall, who motivates me at training and who will help me make it to the finish line.”

Lifeline WA chief executive Lorna MacGregor the organisation’s services were about ensuring people didn’t face their problems alone.

“We appreciate the significance of Nathan and Pamela tackling this challenge together to support Lifeline WA in helping those in times of crisis,” she said.

Run for Reason is on Sunday, May 27.

If you are in crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Go to hbfrun.com.au

Key statistics

– Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44

– On average, one Western Australian dies by suicide every day

– More than 370 Western Australians died by suicide in 2016.

– The 13 11 14 support line receives a new call every 32 seconds

Source: Lifeline WA