Rotary Club of Victor Harbor playing a role in support of mental health

TEAM EFFORT: Riders and Rotary Club of Victor Harbor members play an important role in supporting mental health.
TEAM EFFORT: Riders and Rotary Club of Victor Harbor members play an important role in supporting mental health.

At its July 17 meeting, the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor were presented with 'Companion Awards' to acknowledge their efforts in the fantastic initiative, which raised $67,500 to support Mental Health Research.

Australian Rotary Health chair and past District Governor Gregory Ross paid tribute to the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor with Companion Awards. The funds were raised through the 'Ocean to Outback', bicycle ride from Victor Harbor to Broken Hill, which coincided with the District 9520 Conference in May 2019.

Organised by then president of the Victor Harbor Rotary Club Mark Cox and his wife Leonie, a team of 20 cyclists and 17 support crew completed the 652 kilometre ride in eight days. They had a police escort into Broken Hill and were met by the Mayor, District Governor Kim Harvey and other Rotary dignitaries.

"A lot more could be done to support mental health, but as a Rotary Club we certainly backed up this idea with action," Mark said.

"The bike ride to Broken Hill raised a total of $67,500 to support Mental Health Research through Australian Rotary Health." Mark believes the Rotary Club has not stopped with their support for mental health.

"What I believe is much more important, is the fact that our Rotary Club has formed a Mental Health committee as a direct result of our experience," he said.

Chair of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor's newly formed Mental Health committee John Bushell is pleased to continue the great work started by Mark Cox and his team.

"It was a great ride which raised funds for mental health research and raised awareness of mental health," Mr Bushell said.

"The committee started their awareness campaign at the opening of the new children's playground and are very active with the Rotary Club's web site and social media.

"Watch for us around Victor Harbor helping to raise awareness of mental health. We talk about our physical health all the time, but never of mental health."

"Next time you ask somebody how they are, ask them if they feel OK from a mental perspective. If you have any concerns ring Beyond Blue and ask what you can do to help."