Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 44 in Australia. It’s a shocking statistic and one that’s often forgotten by the media.
But this Australia Day a bunch of Gold Coast lads are hoping to change the face of suicide awareness. With already $4000 raised, they’re well on their way to making a big difference too.
Ryan Adams is one of the men involved in the campaign, which will see a bunch of blokes lose their beards, in front of an audience, at Fisherman’s Wharf.
“It’s ridiculous that we have no such little funding for mental health in Australia,” he said. “But we’ve just cracked $4000 on our fundraising site.”
“It’s all a little last minute the way things have come together,” Ryan said. “It only started about a month ago when a mate offered me $100 to the charity of my choice to shave my beard, and now it’s turned into this.”
“Suicide is the number one cause of death for men and women aged 15 to 24 in Australia,” Ryan said. “For men it remains the leading cause of death up until age 44.”
With a bunch of local businesses chipping in prizes for raffles and additional fundraising at the actual event, there’s no doubt the lads’ efforts will have an impact with an injection of funds to Queensland suicide prevention and mental health services.
Beards off for Suicide Prevention takes place at Fisherman’s Wharf tomorrow (Sunday 26 January) at 12 noon with the first shaving at 2.30pm. All proceeds are going to Lifeline Queensland. You can donate right now online or in person at the event.