Mansfield footballer and a group of mates are running more than 300km in Tasmania in a bid to raise money for suicide prevention.DAMEN FRANCIS January 30, 2014 4:10am
Mansfield footballers Ben Fagan (second from right) and Tim Orchard (third from right) are running 300km from Burnie to Hobart to raise money for suicide prevention. Picture: Chris Kidd, The Mercury
Goulburn Valley Football League star Ben Fagan is taking the idea of a pre-season run to a whole new level.
The Tasmania-raised Mansfield footballer and a group of mates are running more than 300
Fagan’s long-time friend Mitch McPherson founded not-for-profit group Speak Up Stay ChatTY in honour of his 18-year-old brother Ty, who committed suicide last year.
The week-long Tour de Tig — Ty’s nickname — is the group’s most ambitious project yet.
Fagan, 26, said raising awareness was just as important as funds.
‘‘It’s a taboo subject, people don’t like talking about it, so we’re trying to get people to, as the slogan says, speak up if you’ve got any problems and to ask people if they’re okay,’’ Fagan said.
‘‘We’ve had a lot of people come past and donate and give us their stories about what might have happened to them, so that’s been pretty rewarding, meeting people that really appreciate what we’re doing.’’
The seven runners — assisted by a five-strong support crew — run in shifts and each run up to 15
The journey began on Monday with the 100
From there it heads south, with the aim of reaching the state capital by Saturday night.
There are all sorts of charity events along the way to help spread the word and raise funds, including running onto Launceston’s York Park prior to a Ricky Ponting tribute Twenty20 cricket match tonight.
Fagan said Eagles coach Simon Dolling and president Quinten Thomson were aware of his commitment and hoped they showed some leniency when it comes to the club’s pre-season training camp the following weekend.
‘‘I’ve told the coach and the president, so I might have to have a lighter week on the track next week,’’ he said.
Among the other runners are Tim Orchard, who played a handful of games for the Eagles last season, and Rohan Swan, who Fagan is trying to coax to the club.
Fagan, a damaging midfield-utility, said he was looking forward to his fourth GVFL season and was confident the Eagles could improve on last season’s ninth-placed finish.
‘‘We’re pretty positive. Apart from losing Josh Fraser we’ve kept most of our list from last year,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve actually got a few younger guys that played the last five or six games last season and hopefully another season for them will make us stronger depth-wise and we can push for finals.’’
Board members recall how they helped start Waratah Lodge, a retirement home that has lasted 25 years.
Police are currently at the scene of a double fatal collision involving two cars in at the Cahill Road, Gilmore Street and Woods Road intersection in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
MORE than 130 camp oven enthusiasts turned up to the Torrumbarry Hotel for its annual camp oven cook off.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
About 7600 residents served by Goulburn Valley Water are affected by a boil-water advisory.
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
A beauty pamper day has raised a whopping $18k to assist local lady Terri Bevan with her ongoing medical costs associated with her brain tumour
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
The second Koonoomoo Pickers and Packers Charity Ball came to town on the weekend, and was bigger and better than ever.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The second annual National Herd Development Victorian Winter Fair was in action at the Bendigo Exhibition Centre last Wednesday and Thursday.
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