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Lace Up to Lift Up a flying success

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Published Monday 5 July 2021
  • Disability and Mental Health

On Saturday 19 June, WMQ held its first Lace Up to Lift Up event, raising funds for Wesley Kids on the Gold Coast. Over 100 participants donned their active best and took on the challenge of trekking or running either 5km, 10km or 20km in order to ‘lift up’ children experiencing grief, loss and trauma.

The day dawned bright and crisp as our excited group of individuals, community members, staff, and corporate teams set off on their Lace Up to Lift Up adventure. And what an amazing job they did!

Altogether our trekkers raised over $36,000 for Wesley Kids. This incredible gift will enable the service to provide more placements for children in grief and loss groups, supply more activity resources for children to experience play-based therapy, support more families to heal and connect through family counseling, and build more creative spaces for children to express themselves in safe and healthy ways.

We want to thank our wonderful sponsors Lagos Cold Stores and Hesta, and our prize and in-kind sponsors Alcyone Residents, Suncorp Stadium, iFly and Big W North Lakes. We couldn’t have done it without their generosity.

We must also make special mention of the highest fundraising team, Aviso EIA, who raised $7,748. Stacey Ritchie, Claims Executive with Aviso EIA, said she was completely overwhelmed by the support her team received.

“I am forever grateful I was able to give back and participate in this amazing cause,” she said.

“Mental health is becoming more of a common occurrence in most people’s lives and everyone deals with these challenges differently. However, kids need guidance; they need to feel loved and supported while they try and find themselves and battle through what life throws at them.

“I wanted to make sure I was doing all I could to help and let these kids and their families know they are going to be okay, that they are supported. To be able to trek alongside my fellow colleagues and industry members is truly humbling and inspiring. I cannot wait to sign up again for next year and encourage more people to come together and support the kids.”

Finally, we want to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who got behind this fantastic event and gave to lift up children in need. We can’t wait to do it all again next year, and invite you lace up to lift up once again!

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