Ruralco CEO tops City2Surf fundraising leaderboard
Ruralco CEO Travis Dillon will be running for Lifeline in the 2017 Sun-Herald City2Surf this Sunday (13 August), with his team raising more than $70,000 for the national charity’s 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Mr Dillon – currently the event’s largest individual fundraiser with more than $59,000 raised – said his organisation is passionate about supporting Lifeline’s work for people in regional, rural and remote Australia, where the suicide rate is twice that of the general population.
“We know people living off the land can do it tough, be it due to unpredictable weather, financial pressure or a lack of appropriate support services,” Mr Dillon said.
“And while there is incredible strength and resilience to be found in rural Australian communities, the team at Ruralco want to send a message that you never have to be alone, help is available.
“If stomping out a few kilometres in the name of suicide prevention helps even one person in their darkest moment, then it will have been worth it.
“It is important that I acknowledge suppliers of our industry who stand shoulder to shoulder with Ruralco on this issue supporting me and the team by donating vital funds to continue Lifeline’s work.”
Lifeline Australia a/g CEO Bob Gilkes thanked Mr Dillon and the Ruralco team for their support, saying that it would help Australia’s leading suicide prevention service answer about 2500 more calls to its 13 11 14 crisis line (24/7).
“Once again, Ruralco is making an immeasurable contribution to stopping suicide in rural, regional and remote Australia,” Mr Gilkes said.
“In supporting Lifeline at this year’s City2Surf, Ruralco is helping ensure many more individuals, families and even whole communities do not have to experience the profound heartache of losing someone to suicide.”
The City2Surf fundraising campaign builds Ruralco’s strong and ongoing commitment to Lifeline. Since early 2016, the agribusiness retailer has embarked on a national suicide prevention roadshow, delivered educational training to hundreds of their frontline staff members and even seen Mr Dillon donate his annual bonus to the national charity.
For 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp