Fundraising Legends

Take a look at some of our Fundraising Legends – people just like you who are passionate about supporting beyondblue

Julie's story 

When I went out to all my friends about fundraising for beyondblue I decided to be completely and brutally honest, and I knew some people would be hearing it for the first time – that I had depression. There were a few occasions where I had to call beyondblue because it was just getting too hard. It was comforting to know that it was someone that I didn't know… there'd be no judgement, they would just listen and if there was advice to offer, they'd give it to me. It feels great to know that you've done something that helps other people. The power of just asking is amazing. I raised $1,000 within five days. I was shocked at how much support I got. 

Jack's story

When I was 18, a family friend died by suicide.  He was only a couple of years older than me.  You wouldn't even think to have that sort of conversation with him because he was just such an upbeat guy, like you'd never ever pick it. I think you've gotta give back. I thought, "Why not get in contact with the beyondblue guys?" It started with a $1000 goal initially… and slowly people just started catching on. What we've really achieved from it is the conversations being started. Even the fact we're raising money for it, we've actually said "Oh, yeah I got depressed once" or "I get anxiety". It just opens up that shell of conversation. I think that's the most important thing.

Zoe and Mel's story

We have known each other since kindergarten. We do everything together, pretty much. We personally know a lot of people that have gone through depression and anxiety – we just wanted to get beyondblue out there. We decided we would run a mufti day at school and we'd have a cake sale. We knew we wanted to do something every morning or every week. With Milo Mornings, you'd pay $2 and you'd buy two Milos and you'd go give it to someone who you may not even be friends with, and just sit down and have a chat with them. I feel like it's just made people a bit more confident to say, "I'm not okay." Even if it's just a small amount you raise, it'll do big things for people in need.

Daniel's story

I've always ran the City to Surf so I thought it was a good opportunity to raise funds for beyondblue and help other folks that are going through the same thing as me. It was August last year when I was first diagnosed with depression. In hindsight, it's been there for a lot longer. About four weeks out from the race, I started getting pain in my stomach. Appendicitis. I just went out there with the intention of finishing… and to be amongst all the other people running in beyondblue tops. It really feels great to be a part of something like that. The generosity of people just blew me away. Fundraising for beyondblue is one of the most rewarding things you can ever do. It makes such an enormous difference to the charity.

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