Raising the Bar for Beyond Blue
8 Jan. 2019
An outstanding fundraising effort by the Plus Fitness franchise will help transform lives, according to Beyond Blue Acting CEO Susan Anderson.
Whilst there’s been a long associated link between physical fitness and better mental health, the 24-hour gym chain’s effort to gather $140,000 for Beyond Blue had a very tangible flow-on effect.
“The donation from Plus Fitness
will fund 2,958 calls to the Beyond
Blue Support Service, which is funded
entirely by donations,” Susan said.
“This generous contribution will
change, and potentially save, the lives
of people who rely on us when they are
at their most vulnerable. On their behalf,
Beyond Blue thanks you.”
Plus Fitness is now looking at ways
to further its support of Beyond Blue
following the success of the Lift Yourself
It was a national initiative that saw
more than 150 of its Australian-based
franchisees join to run a campaign that
highlighted the benefits of exercise in
addressing mental health issues.
Each participating franchisee donated
$25 for each new member who joined
their gyms in August.
In commending all of the Plus Fitness franchisees and staff involved in the fundraising initiative, Plus Fitness Franchisor Nigel Miller said: “As a network, we have always seen a level of generosity and support from within our franchise network that makes us proud on a daily basis. Plus Fitness has been about ‘community’ from the very first day we opened back in 1996. To have retained these core principles as we have continued to grow means a lot to us.
Regular exercise is of great benefit
to those who experience anxiety and
depression and there is a strong synergy
with the services we provide and the good
work that the team at Beyond Blue does
on a daily basis.
We are confident that what our
franchisees have achieved here will
make a real difference and help create
more awareness of the importance of
supporting those around us that are
affected by anxiety, depression or suicide.”
Mental health professionals are
available at the Beyond Blue Support
Service via phone 24/7 on 1300 22 4636
or via www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport for online chat (3pm – 12midnight
or email responses (within 24 hours).
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