Jordan dips in to Challenge the Stigma
Saturday, 27th June, 2020
By Annette Northey
Central Football Club’s Jordan Gilby and some of his club mates will be hitting the tar and 39 dips when they run between Silverton and Broken Hill on Saturday July 4 to raise funds and awareness for men’s mental health.
Following from Steve Radford’s initial challenge five weeks ago for the community to raise money for Lifeline Broken Hill’s Challenge the Stigma for men’s mental health campaign, Jordan had no doubts that he needed to do something.
Central Football Club members know all too well the importance of awareness about men’s mental health, after having lost two club members to suicide within 12 months of each other - one of them being a very close mate of Jordan’s.
“Central Football Club has put their heart and minds into this and Lifeline is really appreciative of all their efforts,” Lifeline Broken Hill Operations Manager Marisa Pickett said.
“And not just Central, but the other clubs as too.”
Jordan has done well to enlist as many guys as he has for such an arduous run.
“I put it to a few guys at footy training and there weren’t a lot that jumped out, but there’s probably about five or six that’ll do the whole way and then a few that will jump in about half way,” Jordan said.
Jordan estimates the run will take about two and a half hours.
“We’re gonna start at about 8 o’clock in the morning and try and get in within about two and a half to three hours.
“So, we should cross the line somewhere around 10.30-11am,” he said.
As of Friday lunch time, Jordan’s Challenge the Stigma event had attracted about $7,500 in donations, and his goal now is to reach $10,000.
He said he only launched the Facebook fundraiser on Wednesday, and by Thursday $3,700 in donations had been made. His event on the Lifeline fundraiser is up to about $4,000.
You can help Jordan make it to $10,000 by going to the Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast Facebook page, just look for Jordan’s photo; or you can make a donation via Jordan’s own Facebook page.
Lifeline 24-hour telephone crisis line 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 24-hour telephone help line 1300 22 4636