Walkers cast light on suicide
RUNNERS and walkers are set to light up the night in Cudgen on Friday as they make their way through the streets as part of a Glow4life community event.
Participants will walk or run along a 5km circuit in Cudgen to encourage conversation and show support for suicide prevention, depression and general mental health.
Glow4life organiser Louise Togo said the event aimed to change attitudes towards suicide and to highlight the need for open conversation.
“(Suicide) is a very taboo subject and we need to change that to help other people,” Miss Togo said.
She said the community needed to open up and support each other before it was too late.
“We don’t want people to be silent. If you have the opportunity to save someone’s life, you need to stand up because once someone takes their life, there are no second chances,” Miss Togo said.
The organiser said there was support within the community people might not be aware of and Glow4life wanted to highlight the range of services and support networks at their disposal.
“You’d be surprised how many people don’t know who they can call for assistance,” Miss Togo said.
“Whether it’s friends, siblings, workmates or whoever, educating them about the services available in our community (is crucial).
“If you’ve got a family member in need or you have just lost someone, there are services available in our area.”
Ms Togo said several Tweed companies had supported the event particularly Cudgen Leagues Club and Sin Eyewear which had been extremely generous in donating several pairs of sunglasses.
“When you’re organising a community event and don’t have any money, it’s people like local businesses that make a difference,” she said.
There are currently 182 people registered and participants are encouraged to wear as many bright colours as possible to make it a fun and enjoyable event.
All cash raised will be donated to Livin and Headspace, and there will be raffles on the night, great prizes, live entertainment, children’s activities and health checks.
The event will start at Cudgen Leagues Club at 6pm on Friday.
Pre-registration and information is available on Facebook at: Glow4life 2015.