Awareness: Charity event organiser Tamra Forde with Arwin Marcus (Jets), Gene Slockee (South Tweed) James Woods (Seagulls) and Dane Evans (Currumbin).
Awareness: Charity event organiser Tamra Forde with Arwin Marcus (Jets), Gene Slockee (South Tweed) James Woods (Seagulls) and Dane Evans (Currumbin).

Touch footy day in memory of Finn

TO mark the memory of the late Curtis Finn, there will be a special touch football day at Currumbin Eagles Rugby League Club tomorrow.

The initiative is to bring the indigenous community together to raise awareness of depression and suicide which tragically claimed the life of the 23-year-old.

Finn’s sister Tamra Forde organised the event to honour her brother and the game he enjoyed. “Touch football was something he loved and always brings a lot of people together,” she said.

“It was a natural progression to use this type of sporting event to commemorate his memory and a charity. This event is important to us because we want to be able to raise awareness for other families, so they don’t go through what we did.”

The day will collect funds for the Inspire Foundation, an organisation established in 1996 in response to escalating rates of youth suicide in Australia.

Forde said they chose Inspire Foundation because they were involved in young adult issues such as mental health, social health and overall wellbeing.

“The aim is to raise funds to implement more programs and information so young people know they have someone to talk to. If this saves just one family, it will be worth it,” she said.

Flinders University Research Centre for Injury Studies states the rate of suicide among males aged 15 to 24 in 1990 was about three times higher than the rate in 1960. But the rate hasn’t climbed any higher since 1990. Suicide rates for young Aboriginal males are higher than non-Aboriginal males.

Forde said a lot of people have come forward to assist with the day and 16 local teams would take part.

The action starts at 9.30am.



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