Fundraiser For Lifeline WA

CharityEventBMWMCCWAAug2013003_zpse117fec6The BMW Motorcycle Club of WA held its annual fundraiser event on Friday, 30 August at Kart World Belmont, raising over $3,000 for Lifeline WA through ticket sales and door prize raffles.

Around 70 people from BMWMCCWA and the Belmont community attended the go-karting tournament, including local, state and national politicians.

Guest speakers included the Minister for Mental Health Hon. Helen Morton MLC, local State Member Glenys Godfrey MLA, and media personality Glen Mitchell, who spoke candidly about his personal struggles with suicide. Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons also came out to show his support to the cause.

Ric Purvis, Director of Kart World, said the goal of the event was to build a strong sense of community while also raising funds and awareness of mental health issues.

Suicide is the leading cause of suicide among men under the age 44 in Australia, an astonishing statistic that Lifeline WA hopes to cut in half in the coming year.

“The need for Lifeline WA’s services is nonstop, with the terrific support of Kart World hosting the BMWMCCWA fundraising event along with the help of the wider community we can further care for Western Australians in emotional crisis,” said Fiona Kalaf, CEO of Lifeline WA.

Glenys Godfrey MLA, who helped organising the fundraiser, was pleased with the result of the event.

“It takes team effort to organise and run a fundraiser. So I was very glad to see so many people contributing their time and money to help such a fantastic organisation,” Mrs Godfrey said.