Strong results roll in for mental health campaign

November 18, 2022 BY

Wheely good effort: Bendigo Health fundraising advisory board chair Dianne Foggo said money raised during Move for Mental Health will go towards a new patient transport bus. Photo: SUPPLIED

THE numbers are in for this year’s Move for Mental Health fundraising initiative, and they’re wheely good!

Run by Bendigo Health, the campaign raised more than $66,000 in October by asking members of the community to exercise in support of the region’s mental health services.

Last week it was revealed money raised through the initiative will go towards a new multipurpose patient transport bus.

“We know transport is often a barrier for many of our patients to participate in exercise,” said Dianne Foggo, chair of Bendigo Health’s fundraising advisory group and Move for Mental Health participant.

“The multiple purpose bus will help to close that gap and provide patients with reliable transport to and from Bendigo Health mental health service’s established exercise programs.”

Dr Skye Kinder was a participant in this year’s Move for Mental Health campaign, and program ambassador.

She said improved health, whether it be physical or mental or both, was a big benefit to the initiative.

She also thanked everyone who took part in the program, as well as major sponsor Bendigo Radiology.

“The evidence is clear that staying active, whether that is by pottering around the backyard or by running a marathon, is supportive of our mental health and wellbeing,” Dr Kinder said.

“In line with this evidence, the Move for Mental Health challenge focuses on activity and exercise that is inclusive of all abilities.

“The generosity of our community to support this initiative has been overwhelming, particularly in the face of the region’s recent devastating floods.”