Our inaugural Wellness Walk to help raise awareness and de-stigmatise mental health was a great success. Despite the threat of storms, over 600 walkers turned out
Minister for Mental Health - Kevin Humphries, Mental Health Commissioner - John Feneley, NSW Treasurer - Mike Baird and SFNSW President - Anthony Harris and their families lead off the Walk.
Wonderful prizes donated by Virgin Australia, Sofitel Hotels and Bridge Climb and sponsorship from Roche, Astra Zeneca, Ramsay Health Care, Golf in the City and Water Filters Australia, Lundbeck, Janssen Cilag, Lanier and Media Opps.
Prizewinners: Deb Tipper MHCC - 2 x SYD/LA return fares Virgin Aust, Hannah Newell Bondi KBIM - 2 nights Sydney Sofitel Wentworth and Sandra Snow Manly - 2 Bridge Climbs
1st over the finish line:
Jack Myrden, Brennan Peters & Charlie Myrden
Lots of individual walkers and many teams including members of Pioneer and Light and Hope Clubhouses, members from Newcastle, Morriset, the Hut, Beautiful Minds, TRISS, Respite, Carer Assist and support groups, plus non-SFNSW teams inc Xlerate employment, Bondi Early Intervention Centre, Roche, Lanier, and lots more.
See photos on SFNSW Facebook....
See more photos on Wellness Walk Facebook....
Highlight- Special Walker from New York
Devrin Carlson Smith (2nd from right), a representative from NAMI New York, arrived in Sydney direct from New York on Thu 14 Nov and returned to New York 18 Nov. He came especially to walk the Wellness Walk with us and enjoy the festival. It is very exciting for our very first year to have such incredible support from the original founders of this Idea, “NAMI” in USA, where they walk the Brooklyn Bay Bridge every year.