Largest Walk dedicated to Mental Health in Australia
Walk for Awareness is an opportunity for the community to come together to support each other, to break the silence on mental illness and to contribute to the funding of programs that are making a difference on the front line with mental health issues.
Walk for Awareness 2015 (website)
Walk for Awareness, now in its 7th year, is led by Mental Awareness Foundation (MAF). MAF founders, Tudor and Wesley Vasile expect the walk to draw in over 5,000 participants from around the country this year. Wesley believes it is all about finding support and working towards mental health that works for each individual. "No matter what it is, whether it's running, walking, yoga, meditation or speaking to a friend, it's all about taking a positive step for their mental health," Wesley said.
At this year's Walk for Awareness, participants can expect an incredible and inspiring line-up of fun and informative activities, including an opening ceremony of remembrance and mindfulness, and an 8km walk around Brisbane's scenic river.
The morning begins with an inspiring opening ceremony, where we remember those lost to depression and mental illness and honour those continuing the battle. After a quick warm up and stretch, walkers will set off on an 8km walk around Brisbane's winding river and beautiful scenery. As you make your way towards the finish line, you'll walk over one of Brisbane's iconic landmarks, the Story Bridge. You will be cheered on by onlooking supporters and finally greeted with high energy celebrations in the quest to raise awareness of depression and mental illness.
Story Bridge at Dawn (image by writer)
Walk for Awareness is an event that involves bringing people together in a friendly environment where the issues of mental health can be discussed openly with friends, family and supportive strangers. We believe the matters surrounding suicide should be discussed, not hidden.
Parking Street parking is available at the park. However, parking throughout the Kangaroo Point area fills up quickly. It's suggested that you park up at Kangaroo Point Cliffs, Shaftston Avenue Area or Bowen Terrace, New Farm and simply walking across to the event. Carpooling is also highly recommended.
Tickets: Early Bird - $20
General Admission - $25
What is the Mental Awareness Foundation? MAF's aim is to support charities that are working directly with communities who are implementing strategies to raise awareness of depression and mental illness, while supporting the preservation of life. MAF is all about delivering a fun, exciting, informative and exhilarating experiences within communities. Events, such as Walk for Awareness, allow them to support charities to raise awareness about mental Illness so that it is recognised and accepted. There comes a time in your life when you realise that giving back to your community is a great achievement and feeling. Make that time now,