Brain Industries Business Development Manager, Ernest Lapornik, got eight mates together to complete The Push Up Challenge in support of Lifeline.
Ernest pumped out 3,318 push-ups over 25 days in June 2021 to raise funds and push for better mental health. 3,318 is the number of Australians who died by suicide in 2019.
His mates dared him to do it. But Ernest said he quickly signed up because he believes in Lifeline’s life saving work to prevent suicide.
Brain Industries supports Lifeline in other ways too.
Managing Director Gillian Summers is a former voluntary Board Member, former CEO, and current Ambassador with Lifeline Hunter Central Coast.
Gillian said Lifeline’s service is incredibly important because it offers hope.
“Lifeline is always there for people and its needs our support,” Gillian said.
“Lifeline and local Lifeline centres rely on community donations to help provide its 13 11 14 and text crisis support services and other community programs,” she said.
Nine Australians die every day by suicide and more than 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt each year. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44. People in rural populations are two times more likely to die by suicide.
Find out more about The Push Up Challenge here.
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