Minds and bodies will be put to the test next week to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention.
The Anytime Fitness 24 hour treadmill challenge will return to Salamander Bay for a second year on May 25.
The event aims to promote physical and mental health and well-being in the community and raise money for Suicide Prevention Australia.
“Anytime is aware of the link between physical health and mental health, which is why this treadmill challenge was started,” Karen Short, club manager of Anytime Fitness Salamander Bay, said.
“Everyone has a story to tell about suicide – it affects so many people in our communities. We had a fantastic turn out last year but want to go bigger and better.”
The challenge will being at 3pm on Friday, May 25 and end at 3pm on Saturday, May 26.
All members of the community, whether they are Anytime Fitness members or not, can take part.
Participants who sign up are required to move – walk, run, jog or dance – on a treadmill for 15 minutes. The cost is $15 for a 15 minute block of time on a treadmill.
The gym’s five treadmills are expected to fill up for the challenge period. Participants are encouraged to head to treadtogether.org.au and register so as to not miss out.
Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network will support the treadmill challenge by having members available to speak with during the 24-hour period.
The Bay challenge raised $7000 last year. This year the club is aiming to raise $10,000 for Suicide Prevention Australia.