Raising important funds in 24-hour treadmill challenge
WEARING a brave heart on her sleeve, Lisa Limpus wants to let the people of Biloela know they are not alone when encountering the loss of a friend or loved one to suicide.
Recently Lisa's good friend Mitch Terrick took his life and to honour his memory she is looking for participants to do the 24-hour treadmill
challenge to raise money for RUOK?
"We are looking for people to do a dollar a minute and the minimum is 15 minutes on a treadmill to raise much needed funds for suicide awareness,” Lisa said.
"Biloela has always given good feedback to supporting this, very overwhelming actually, and there is a high suicide rate here and the community really gets behind these events.”
The treadmills will start rolling at 3pm on Friday, May 31 and will continue to 3pm on Saturday, June 1.
"We are actually going to run two treadmills and Mitch and I have a history of helping people with mental health and used to run a free boot camp for people who had depression and anxiety,” Lisa said.
Lisa is based now in Gladstone but wanted to honour the work she used to do with her good friend and go back to her home turf of Biloela to do the challenge.
Mitch used to work at the Anytime Fitness gym in Biloela and that is how they both met.
Lisa also has an important message she wants to get out to the public about suicide.
"People can look happy from the outside but you don't know what's someone is dealing with behind closed doors,” she said.
Lisa said it was important to get people to open up and ask if that person is actually OK.
"There is a difference between listening to someone and actively listening is to pay attention to what they are actually saying and don't judge them because as a suicide survivor myself I understand what goes through their mind the seconds before they commit suicide,” she said.
"Help them to get help and it's not 'weak to speak', especially in men, and it's frowned upon for men to get emotional or to show they are struggling.”
Lisa is keen to find out if any businesses are interested in sponsoring the challenge.
Anyone interested in contacting Lisa to compete in the treadmill challenge can contact Anytime
Fitness in Biloela on 49922619.
If you are thinking about suicide or experiencing a personal crisis, help is available.
Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.