FUNDRAISING FOR MENTAL HEALTH

A trio of OGGs have raised upwards of $30,000 for Beyond Blue and Black Dog Institute through two fundraisers this year.

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Angus McKillop (Cu'16) and Nic Neeson (A'16)

Angus and Nic rode from Melbourne to Sydney on a tandem bike to raise more than $15,000 for mental health not-for-profit, the Black Dog Institute. The pair completed their two-week, 1,230-kilometre cycling journey on Saturday 20 June by riding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Nic said the charity ride would help the Black Dog Institute researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to continue their investigation of new and better ways to treat and prevent conditions like anxiety and depression. “It’s a stressful time right now, with everything going on – there will be some mental health repercussions as a result of the coronavirus for a lot of people,” Nic explained. “We wanted to do what we could to help.” The pair set up an online fundraising page via the Black Dog Institute.

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Theo Ong (Cu'18)

Theo Ong (Cu'18) started a fundraiser on Facebook for Beyond Blue for his birthday, seeking donations rather than gifts, with an initial goal of $250. Within days over $8,000 had been raised, Theo extended the fundraiser and reached a final figure of $16,050 by the end of April. "I have never done anything like this for my birthday but truly nor have I endured such ache. But I believe this foundation is doing its part and addressing issues of mental health among young men," Theo wrote in a post when launching the fundraiser 'For the boys we love'. Like many in our community, Theo had a tough time earlier this year following the passing of former GGS and Cuthbertson House students Will Bowden (Cu'20) and Charlie Dahlenburg (Cu'18) and decided to do something positive with his grief.