IT was meant to be just another night at the office for Brett White.
But as he served coffee and hot chocolate to 600 people at the Winter Solstice for Survivors of Suicide in June, White couldn’t help be moved.
In chilly conditions on the shortest day of the year, White came up with an idea.
He will lead 25-plus runners in Sunday’s The Border Mail Fed Hill Challenge, in support of that campaign.
“It was inspiring to see so many people there,” White said.
“The Winter Solstice was such a big event and this weekend is just about saying: ‘hey, we’re still here’, still trying to get the message across. It’s all about creating awareness.”
Each member of the team, mostly complete strangers who saw White’s flyer at Wodonga’s Deli Bean Cafe, has paid $25 for a Survivors of Suicide shirt that will be worn on the day.
White said every cent would go straight towards headspace.
“We wanted to get sponsors and donations but we left it a bit late,” he said,”
“But as Annette Baker said to me, it’s not about raising money but about raising awareness.
“The challenge is getting bigger and bigger.”
White said he was already planning for next year.
Sunday’s race, kicks off at Wodonga’s Willow Park, at 10am.
Entries can be taken online at wodongaaths.org.au until 5pm today with race-day registrations from 8am to 9.30am.