From the top of Australia: RUOK?

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In early March 2017, ADELLE SALTER, manager of Flourish Australia at Emu Heights, took part in a charity walk at Mt Kosciuszko to raise money for RUOK? However, there were some unexpected obstacles…

“Some unfortunate news greeted us when we arrived at Kosciuszko National Park: the mist and clouds were so thick that we wouldn’t be able to see one foot in front of the other! We were informed by our experienced guide and the park ranger that it was too dangerous for us to climb Mt Kozi today. The other RUOK supporters and I found it difficult to swallow this news, but we had to respect that these experienced rangers knew what they we talking about. So, our team of 70 hiked 12.5 km along a waterfall walk, then made our way back down towards Jindabyne (which is a mere 915 m above sea level). I also had to finish off with a dip in the lake!

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But there’s some good news: the following day, 20 of us finally managed to complete the Mt Kozi walk (as you can see in the photograph on the cover of our June 64 issue).

At 2,228m, Mt Kosciuszko is the highest mountain in continental Australia and is located near the NSW/Victoria border.

I raised more than $700 for RUOK. All up, over $74,000 had been raised since the beginning of the challenge.

I became involved in this challenge firstly for myself to overcome personal obstacles. As well as that, I wanted to share my story, to connect with others and to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.

The work that both Flourish Australia and RUOK do inspires me and I’m proud to be a part of it all. I certainly took all of this inspiration along with me during this experience. I was lucky to receive so much support in doing so, too.

RUOK, as in ‘are you OK?’ Is a question we need to ask people more often. Gavin Larkin and Janina Nearn started the campaign to get people asking RUOK? in order to raise awareness of mental health issues and prevent suicide.

Find out more about RUOK here:

www.ruok.org.au/our-story

And if you’re NOT okay, one thing you can do is to ring Lifeline 24 hours a day on this number:

13 11 14

Flourish Australia Emu Heights,

Brumby House, 41 Brumby Crescent

EMU HEIGHTS NSW

(02) 9393 9357

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