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Every year 65,000 Australians attempt to commit suicide; 2,500 are successful. Worldwide one million people take their own lives annually; that is more lives lost to suicide than to war and homicide combined. It is statistics such as these that signal the global need for change when approaching the issue of suicide.

September’s World Suicide Prevention Day and R U OK? Day promote such a change by encouraging people to openly speak about the taboo subject. Each day aims to not only raise awareness and funds to prevent suicide, but to also let those affected by or considering suicide know they are not alone.

Lifeline’s Out of the Shadows hosted a walk at St Kilda’s Catani Gardens on September 9, 2012 to mark World Suicide Prevention Day and promote these vital ideas. The core message for the day was fitting; ‘It’s okay to talk about suicide’.

“I think the slogan that we’ve got this year; ‘It’s okay to talk about suicide’, is very important,” Louise Flynn, Support After Suicide’s Manager, said. “There are unsafe ways to talk about suicide, but there are also safe and responsible ways and we need to talk about it.”

This message comes not long after the public breakdown of 46-year-old celebrity Charlotte Dawson. Dawson was repeatedly verbally abused and told to kill herself by internet trolls via the social network site Twitter. In the end, that is exactly what she attempted to do.

Sadly Dawson is merely a drop in the ocean when it comes to cyber-bullying with Microsoft’s 2008 research finding that one in four children reported to having been bullied online.

The development of technology and the growing popularity of social media have provided tormentors with additional outlets of abuse where, apparently, there are little to no consequences. What many cyber-bullies do not realise, however, is the severity of their actions.

In recent years suicide has climbed to the highest cause of death amongst men under the age of 44 and women under the age of 34. Bulling is a large contributor to this statistic.

“Every one of us has the power to lift someone up or to put them down, even in small ways that we may not realise,” founder of suicide support foundation Life Is…, Tony Gee, said. “I suggest that we all be thoughtful in our ways and walk with compassion and with care.”

Those whom operate Lifeline’s suicide hotline demonstrate the importance of being compassionate and caring. Each year 700,000 calls are placed to Melbourne’s Lifeline where 320 volunteers operate the phones day in and day out. Each volunteer aims to alleviate the callers stress and help them through their crisis.

“Our goal and, I guess our reason for living is our cause; people in crisis, people who are in danger of going down this (suicidal) road,” Terry Keating, Melbourne’s Lifeline Manager, said. “Hopefully we can change that.”

If you or someone you know is showing signs of suicide, whether it be withdrawing from friends and family, giving away possessions or talking about ‘ending it’, assistance is available. Please contact Lifeline’s 24 hour helpline on 13 11 14, Kids Help Line (5-25yrs) on 1800 55 1800 or Mensline on 1300 789 978.

If you or someone you know is in need of support following a suicide, contact Support After Suicide on (03) 9421 7640 or visit for more information.

By Rosalina Menton

Todd Greenberg is the newest NRL club CEO in the current game. In 2008, he inherited a club that had a tarnished image both on and off the field. Scared by controversy over salary cap breaches, membership decline and the tag “Bad Bulldogs”, Todd Greenberg wasted no time in redefining the Canterbury- Bankstown Bulldogs brand.

In a 2008 article with the Herald Sun, Greenberg acknowledged the disarray of the club saying, “We can’t lie to ourselves any longer – perception is reality. People’s perceptions about the club need to change and the only ones that can do that are us.”

Todd Greenberg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs CEO
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In the years following, Greenberg’s leadership has seen a revolution in the Bulldogs culture. The club now works closely with Camp Quality as their single jersey and shorts community partner. Bulldogs corporate staff and players are still to this date enrolled as “buddies” with a sick child from the Camp Quality organisation, a move that was unprecedented.

Greenberg’s influence has reached amazing levels with supporters of the club as well. Images of brawls and police vehicles are no longer a staple on news organisations sport updates. Instead, supporters are often seen roaming entry gate areas before a game collecting donations for the charity being supported at that particular home game (2012 will see 6 charities featured).

The Bulldogs Army is the main supporter group of the club which comprises of some the league’s most passionate fans. The Bulldogs Army members are often called upon by the club to participate in community events with the players. The Bulldogs Army seem to be very willing participants to the leadership values of Todd Greenberg. Seeing the changes Greenberg has made in such a short time, Bulldog Army members are grateful of the inclusion they receive from the Club. Tina Landayan, an Army member says “We all want to feel important, and being part of the decision making about what happens to supporters is exactly what the club needed.” Eleanor Salao a fellow Army member agrees, “It is so much more than just coming to a game, the players give us everything they have on the field and now with the relationship we have with the club, we can finally give something back.”

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Bulldogs players show their support for the Sydney Children’s Hospital
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The Bulldogs new image and brand is a force to be reckoned with. While communication between fans and the corporate leadership team remain open, fans will continue to embrace the Bulldogs as their NRL team of choice. It stands for much more than just the leader-board.

Doing it for charity

Posted: May 28, 2012 by tforder in Social Issues, Sport
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Charities are turning to exercise on a large scale to raise funds and awareness and many Australians are happily signing up to take part.

The MS Walk and Fun Run, the Mother’s Day Classic and the smaller Walk for Justice are just some of the events on the calendar.

The highly publicised and popular Mother’s Day Classic took place on May 8 with 120,000 participants taking part in most capital cities and 27 regional towns nation-wide.

Organised by Women in Super, a not for profit association of women, the Mother’s Day Classic has been running for 15 years, and has raised a total of $10.8 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) research projects.

Mother’s Day Classic national chair Louise Davidson says this year’s successful events are expected to bring the total funds given to NBCF in 15 years close to $15 million.

“Since 1998, the Mother’s Day Classic has raised more than $10 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s research projects,” she says.

“In this time survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer have increased from about 70 per cent to around 85 per cent today.”

Rachael Andrews

Rachael Andrews from Mount Barker in South Australia took part in the Classic last year and in 2010 and says she uses the event as a motivation for exercise.

“I’ll set the race as a goal and a time I want to beat and train towards that so it’s a fitness thing,” she says. “Also, it’s lots of fun running in a big group and being part of an event for charity.”

Ms Andrews raised about $300 for the event. “The Mother’s Day Classic fundraising supports breast cancer and as a female there’s a moral and emotional connection to fighting breast cancer.”

Another well-known event is The MS Walk and Fun Run taking place on Sunday in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.

The goal of the events is to raise $1.1 million with the fundraising tally about $568,000 at the time of writing.

Money raised goes towards helping people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis in a range of ways including the ability to attend information sessions, fund a carer or to attend physiotherapy or counselling.

One person who will be taking part is Nic Jenks, 21, who was diagnosed with MS when she was 16. The Bacchus Marsh resident has raised $20,000 for Sunday’s event with the help of a You Tube video she made to explain to people what MS is.

As well as raising money for research and programs, organisations choose to stage these big events to raise awareness of their particular cause.

Kristan Gobbo from Melbourne took part in the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) Walk for Justice earlier this month to help raise awareness for improving access to justice for those that are socio-economically disadvantaged.

“It is also a show of solidarity for those in the community legal sector who work tirelessly for their clients based on principal and not the big dollars of the corporate firms,” Ms Gobbo says.

“I’ve never participated in anything like this before, and I did get a feeling of the warm and fuzzies by doing it.

“It isn’t as an appealing an issue as something like children with cancer or breast cancer but the fact that it is an issue that most people wouldn’t think important makes it all the more appealing.”

It cost Ms Gobbo $20 to sign up to do the walk and she also raised $260 to go towards PILCH for their legal services.

“It wasn’t necessary to raise money and I didn’t really aim to raise much. For me it really was more about raising awareness for the need for accessible legal services more so than raising money.”

The success of these events is evident in the increasing participation rates and the amount of money being raised.

The Walk for Justice is in its fifth year and this year’s event raised $17,000 compared to $9,000 last year.

And for charities such as the NBCF, these events are critical to help raise the funds so they can continue their work to find a cure.

“And I am confident that with more funding for the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s research we will,” Mrs Davidson says.

– By Tegan Forder

The Alcoa Australian Corporate Head of the River took place on the barwon on Saturday the 8th of October. A total of $135,000 was raised by Geelong Charity Give Where You Live who will distribute the funds to local charities and community services.