Kokoda trekkers step up for Lifeline
Release Date: 16th April 2015
Eleven inspired trekkers are leaving Australia on Monday (20 April) to conquer the Kokoda Track while shining a light on suicide prevention.
The participants of this year’s “Fearless Leaders” Kokoda Challenge 2015 may have different personal reasons for tackling the challenge but every single one is dedicated to raising funds for Lifeline’s online Crisis Support Chat service.
One participant, Joanne Green from Victoria, said that through her work in community mental health, she has come in contact with a lot of people who have used Lifeline’s services.
“I'm very grateful that there is somewhere that people can get support 24/7 without the pressure of having to say who they are or tell their whole story - to have someone who can listen without judgment and provide support.
“I have had my own experiences of depression, anxiety and feeling suicidal. I have used Lifeline's online Crisis Chat service more than once. It’s very important to me to be able to give back to something that has really helped me through some very difficult nights.
“Walking the Kokoda Track for Lifeline feels like a way to close the door on that chapter of my life and focus and reflect on the person that I have become in the years since I first experienced suicidal feelings. I feel like that person is very strong, positive and motivated, which are qualities that will help me on the trek!”
The “Fearless Leaders” will fly in from Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, ACT and Bali.
Lifeline Australia CEO Jane Hayden said that this year’s challenge coincides with the ANZAC Centenary and the poignancy of walking in the steps of brave Aussies is certainly not lost on this group.
If you, or someone you know, is in crisis, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or get help online from 7pm until 4am at www.lifeline.org.au/Get-Help