Hike partners with mental health org

January 24, 2024 BY

Getting outdoors: The Great Aussie Hike is on in Daylesford this April, with all funds raised from the event going towards Beyond Blue. Photo: SUPPLIED

THE Great Aussie Hike is set to take place in Daylesford and the Wombat State Forest this April, with all proceeds going towards Beyond Blue.

There will be a 30, 50 or 100 kilometre course available which is designed to challenge participants and help strengthen physical and mental health.

Those who wish to take part can sign up as part of a team or individuals can join in a community group.

A ‘share the distance’ option is also available where participants can either complete the entire course or swap sections with teammates.

The event does not focus on speed or timing, with the aim to help participants achieve personal goals.

All funds raised will go towards Beyond Blue’s support service, which provides round the clock mental health support and care for Australians.

“There’s no better way to spend a day than with a few friends, hiking in the great outdoors and helping others at the same time,” said Beyond Blue’s clinical spokesperson Dr Grant Blashki.

“Funds raised by the Great Aussie Hike will help us deliver our support service, which is available to anyone free of charge.

“The earlier people get support the quicker they will get back to feeling themselves again, so events like this can make a real difference in someone’s life.”

The event was created during the COVID-19 lockdowns to help keep people connected and develop healthy habits.

“The pandemic certainly taught us the power of community and how it influences our mental wellbeing,” said Great Aussie Hike founder Anna Kelly.

“It doesn’t matter what distance you do or how your team gets to the finish line. It’s all about mates supporting each other in a fun, positive environment.”

The event will take place from Friday 26 April until Sunday 27 April. To find out more visit greataussiehike.com.au.