ASN manager Ben Schofield is organising a charity fundraiser on June 6 with all profits going towards FIFO suicide awareness.
ASN manager Ben Schofield is organising a charity fundraiser on June 6 with all profits going towards FIFO suicide awareness. Rosie Obrien

Mt Larcom charity climb to raise funds for mental health

RESIDENT Ben Schofield has decided to join forces with ASN Gladstone and hold a Mt Larcom charity climb on the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

The 24-year-said it had always been a mission of his to do something for charity.

He said all funds would be staying local and going towards an organisation that helped with depression and suicide prevention.

"I think it's a really important issue we face here with our FIFO population," he said.

"I know of at least six guys who have committed suicide just this year."

Mr Schofield has himself been a boilermaker and knows the effects the lifestyle has on individuals and their families.

Since posting the idea on social media, Mr Schofield has received a lot of support, including 81 comments and dozens of people inboxing him calling for their organisation to be chosen.

Already Mr Schofield has had a group of more than 10 women from Biloela vow to join, and he hopes the event will see hundreds turn out.

"A few local businesses have said they'll chip in too," he said.

"There will be a $20 entry fee and an additional donation tin on the day."

Supplement information will also be on hand on the day.

The climb will take place on Saturday, June 6 from 8am.

Registrations are available by visiting ASN Gladstone on Tank Street.



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