Mental illness is thought to be an underlying factor in approximately 90% of all youth suicides, with this the most common cause of youth death in Australia. From 2004- 2006, there was an average of 266 deaths per year from suicide in those aged 15- 24 years in Australia, equating to 20% of all deaths in this population group.
Unfortunately both the stigma attached to mental illness and the community’s lack of awareness means that our youths often do not seek help. This can have devastating consequences.
Mental illness has affected many members of our own small Robertson community. It is for this reason that Robertson Burrawang Rovers Soccer Club feels it is extremely important to support this cause and help promote greater awareness locally.
The BDCU Children’s Foundation raised money to fund the appointment of Kim Millard, a registered nurse for child and adolescent mental health liaison at Bowral & District Hospital, in 2014. They have pledged an ongoing financial commitment to keep this service available to local youths.
Robertson Burrawang Rovers Soccer Club is holding its annual major fundraiser, Rovers Race Night, on Saturday 30th July from 6:30pm at the Robertson Bowling Club. As part of this event we are raising money to help the BDCU Children’s Foundation continue to fund Kim’s position.
In building up to this event, we are asking for donations, no matter how big or small, aiming for a target of $2000 prior to the night. If you can lend a hand to help keep this vital service in the Southern Highlands, it would be much appreciated.
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