A major surfing event being staged on the Northern Beaches is helping raise funds and awareness about the work of suicide prevention charity Lifeline.
The event to be held at Dee Why Beach on Sunday 30 April is called the Lifeline Classic and involves fundraising teams, each with a pro surfer, competing in tag-teams.
The CEO of Lifeline Northern Beaches, David Thomas, said suicide is a national emergency.
“We have more than a problem on our hands," Mr Thomas said. “When you look at the statistics, the biggest killer of 25 - 44 year- olds is suicide.
“It’s a crisis and the peninsula is no different - our community has felt the devastating effects of this far too often.”
He said the surf event was a way of connecting with the community through one of the area’s favourite pastimes - surfing.
“Hopefully this is a way we can come together and help spread awareness that there ARE help options and opportunities available for those who are in difficulty, who are in crisis, and/or feel overwhelmed,” he added.
He hopes raising awareness will lessen the stigma sometimes associated with suicide.
All funds raised from the Lifeline Classic will be used to provide crisis support services and suicide prevention on the Northern Beaches.
To donate to a team, click here.
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