MATES Big Lap returns to raise mental health awareness

Tuesday, 09 April, 2024

MATES Big Lap returns to raise mental health awareness

The MATES Big Lap initiative will return in 2024, from 1–31 May. This year’s theme, “Move for your MATES”, aims to convey a message of unity and support, driving this fundraiser in its mission to combat suicide and bolster mental health in the construction, mining, energy and manufacturing sectors.

The inaugural MATES Big Lap in 2023 united participants from diverse backgrounds in physical activities like running, walking, swimming and wheeling. Collectively, the participants covered over 80,000km, the equivalent of approximately five laps of Australia, while raising awareness and garnering over $120,000 through 1490 donations.

The organisers of MATES Big Lap 2024 aim to double participation in the event, along with the distance covered. The goal for this year is to complete nine laps around Australia, representing the average number of suicides each day in the country. MATES Big Lap 2024 aims to encourage individuals, businesses and communities to come together in physical activity, not only for their health (physical and mental) but as a gesture of solidarity and support for their mates.

“In rallying together for MATES Big Lap 2024, we’re not just moving for fitness; we’re moving to make a statement — that every step, every lap counts towards breaking the stigma around mental health and turning the tide against suicide in our vital industries,” said Chris Lockwood, CEO of MATES Australia.

MATES Big Lap 2024 aims to unite participants in the pursuit of a world where mental health is a priority and suicide is avoided. For more information about MATES Big Lap 2024, click here.

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