‘Walk a mile in their shoes’
THE Whitsunday Bald Eagles are about to launch a suicide awareness campaign, culminating in a 'mile in their shoes' event on the afternoon of Saturday, December 13.
Bald Eagles president Jack Lumby said in Airlie Beach, participants would walk four laps of the AFL ground together, while in Proserpine those involved would take a break from the weekend's cricket carnival to "walk a mile", as a way of commemorating lost mates and family members and showing support to those suffering with issues related to mental health.
"[This is to show] that we want to be by their side and share their pain - we will be there for them," Mr Lumby said. Ladies taking part in the event will be asked to dress in their best party frocks complete with work or football boots, while the gents will be asked to wear football jerseys or shirts and bright, party shoes.
Participants will pay a donation of $20 to enter the walk, with the money to be given to community suicide support groups.
Mr Lumby said he was "extremely proud" of the 'Baldies' for taking on a project that was close to so many people's hearts.
"Too often after a suicide we are left looking at each other with the same two questions - why, and why didn't we realise and see the despair," he said. "Each time we lose a mate or loved one we are left with a void in our being [and] suicide is [one of] the largest killer[s] in our region."
To launch the campaign, the Bald Eagles, in conjunction with local musicians from the Corey Harris Trio, have recorded the timeless hit Walk a Mile in My Shoes, which will be used as the signature theme of the event. An official launch will be held this Saturday, November 22 at the Reef Gateway Hotel at 2pm.