Wildcats, Fever stars take up exercise challenge for mental health

Youth Focus Ambassadors West Coast Fever star Courtney Bruce (left) and Perth Wildcats vice-captain Greg Hire with Youth Focus CEO Fiona Kalaf.
Youth Focus Ambassadors West Coast Fever star Courtney Bruce (left) and Perth Wildcats vice-captain Greg Hire with Youth Focus CEO Fiona Kalaf.

PERTH Wildcats and West Coast Fever stars have taken up the Fit30 for Youth Focus challenge.

Wildcats vice-captain Greg Hire and Fever netball star Courtney Bruce will exercise for 30 minutes a day every day during September and raise funds for Youth Focus.

Youth Focus works to prevent suicide in young people.

“When I started as an Ambassador for Youth Focus four years ago, the emphasis was on breaking down the stigma around mental health,” Bruce said.

“Now there is more a focus on talking about mental health issues, including in the netball world.”

Hire agreed saying the challenge was a great concept.

“It is important that the challenge will enable people to raise funds for counselling services and programs which are integral to the development of vulnerable kids,” he said.

Youth Focus chief executive Fiona Kalaf said one person dies every day from suicide in Australia, with one person under 25 dying every week.

“Every year, Youth Focus helps about 2000 young Western Australians address issues associated with depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts and we need community support for these life-saving vital services to continue,” she said.

To register or donate, go to www.everydayhero.com.au/event/2016LavanLegalFit30forYouthFocus and join in the inaugural Activewear to Work Day on Thursday, September 1.