Wellness Walk To Raise Funds For Blacktown’s Women And Children’s Program

Fri Sep 16, 2016

Local organisations and individuals are invited to participate in a day of fun while raising money for one of Australia’s most unique and effective mental health support programs.

The fourth annual Wellness Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge is being used as a means to boost funds for Blacktown’s Women and Children’s Program.

Run by Flourish Australia and revolving around six residential villas where 24/7 support is on offer, the Women and Children’s Program provides a safe and stable environment where mothers with severe mental health issues can recover with their babies and children by their side.

The program also has transitional and outreach accommodation and support services that take mums on comprehensive recovery journeys once they are well enough to leave the cottages.

Many mothers go on to lead independent and fulfilling lives after going through the program. Critically, family units are kept intact because isolating and stigmatising hospitalisation can be avoided.

The program has helped hundreds of families over the years, and now helps about 55 families each year.

Volunteers from the Blacktown community are being called on to participate in the 2016 Wellness Walk to raise $25,000 dollars for the Women and Children’s Program.

“We’re asking for people from all walks of life to come and have some fun and help raise money for a remarkable local social initiative,” Flourish Australia Women and Children’s Program Manager Belinda Jenkins said.

“This is a cost-effective and recovery-orientated program that saves lives and keeps families together when vulnerable mums are going through the darkest imaginable periods.

“Every dollar we raise makes a difference when it comes to helping mums and families struggling with mental health issues.”

The Wellness Walk starts at Government House (Macquarie Street Sydney) at 10.00am on Sunday 16 October. People of all ages and abilities can participate in either a two or five kilometre walk.

Participants are asked to visit www.wellnesswalk.org.au to register and nominate “RichmondPRA” (now Flourish Australia) on the fundraise page as their charity of choice.

Participation enquiries should be made to Flourish Australia fundraising manager Alison Perizi at alison.perizi@flourishaustralia.org.au or 0437 069 154.

People unable to participate in the walk but wishing to donate can visit https://www.flourishaustralia.org.au/donate-now

KEY FACTS

  • 23% of Australian children have a parent living with mental health issues
  • Women who have had a postnatal psychiatric admission have 70 times increased risk of suicide in the first postnatal year.
  • One in five recent mothers will experience a mild, moderate or severe form of post-natal depression.
  • 423 people are turned away from homeless services every day in Australia

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Matthew Watson – 0417 691 884

Flourish Australia (formerly RichmondPRA) is a not-for-profit organisation providing community-based support programs, employment, accommodation and hope for more than 5,000 people with mental health issues across 64 locations in New South Wales and Queensland. It has been in operation for more than 61 years.