Well known Aldinga singer-songwriter Loren Kate Steenkamp has taken the challenge to walk 200 km in October, to raise much-needed funds for vital mental health research.
“Every day in Australia, 8 people will die from suicide,” says Loren Kate. “8 people a day!!!!!!
“I’ve lost way too many friends who never felt they could speak up, like their thoughts were a burden to everyone around them. They thought the world would be better off without them. These thoughts are so debilitating and so constant and are just simply not true.
“I know first hand the dark and lonely path they can lead you down.
“Lucky for me, I have a support network of people who check in with me, and I have tools that help me cope with my anxiety and depression. It’s taken a long time to build that tool box though, let me tell ya!
“Over the past few months I’ve been feeling so flat that I couldn’t even find the motivation to go for a walk! I’ve been pottering in my garden and being outside as much as possible, and it helps, but I know how much better I feel when I’m exercising everyday…
“So, as my mental health was declining again, I decided to sign up to ‘One Foot Forward’. And not only have I signed up, I’ve committed to 200km’s in October!
“I am so pumped and motivated to get my own mental health back on track because I’m not just doing it for me… I’m raising funds and awareness for those that are struggling, for those that have lost people to suicide, for those living with depression and mental illness.
“It would mean so much to me if you’d support my walk by donating even the smallest amount to Black Dog Institute who are doing such a critical job in suicide prevention and getting so many lives back on track.”
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