CLOSE friends Katherine Pascoe and Anna Newsome have initiated a unique fundraising drive for Lifelife. “Lifeline is close to our hearts both personally and professionally for Anna who works as a Registered Nurse in mental health,” Katherine said.
“Our lives have been personally touched by mental illness, through family and friends, and we both know individuals who have lost their battle through suicide.” Shocking statistics show that each year in Australia more people die from suicide than from road accidents. So with this in mind Katherine and Anna decided to take their fundraising efforts for Lifeline to the road.
“After looking for a suitable route we found that the 1675km-long Eyre Highway, which crosses the infamous Nullarbor, is often described as a long and lonely road, isolating and arduous a description that can also encapsulate the feeling of depression and mental illness. This seemed like the perfect place to take our fundraising efforts,” Katherine added. The girls will be driving from Melbourne to Perth, along the Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor, covering around 3420kms.
The same 3420kms are also covered by Lifeline in its tireless efforts to provide support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention to all Australians whether in major cities or in remote and isolated areas.
“I think it is also important to note that Lifeline is one of the services in Australia that help anyone who calls, regardless of their nationality,” Katherine added. Katherine and Anna will be making the trip in separate vehicles: Katherine in her Smart car “Happy”, and Anna in a donated campervan, the campervan effectively acting as a ‘Lifeline’ for the Smart car, which is unable to carry any of its own supplies.
“By travelling solo we will also highlight the loneliness and isolation often felt by sufferers of depression and mental illness,” Katherine said.
“Camping out along the way, meeting with local communities and remote mental health services, our hope is to not only raise money for Lifeline Australia, but to raise awareness of the work Lifeline does in helping any Australian who asks for it. “We have already gratefully received donations of both money, our support vehicle, camping sites and accommodation since launching
our fundraising efforts. We have also received some media coverage, including the attached. We hope to gain more interest in the lead-up to and during our trip. We are simply searching for 1675 people to donate $10, and therefore sponsor 1km each of the Eyre Highway.”
Donors so far are Gawler Rangers Motel and Caravan Park in Wudinna, Nullarbor Roadhouse, Gateway Caravan Park in Norseman, Merredin Tourist Park, the Ibis Styles in Perth and the camper has been donated by Travellers Auto Barn in Sydney. Also a generous donation for the Smart car from Damien at the local Jax Tyres store, who sourced some cost price tyres and donated his time to help get them on the car. https://www.facebook.com/ TheLongRoadAU
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