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    Erin Mellington gives Ollie Askew a lift during Laharum Football Netball Club push up challenge.
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    Horsham Hydraulics push-up challenge team.
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    Erin Mellington gives Ollie Askew a lift during Laharum Football Netball Club push up challenge.
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    Sarah Wilson, Kim Hyslop, Tammy Barber and Alyssa Armytage doing the push-up challenge at Function Therapy.
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    Erin Mellington gives Ollie Askew a lift during Laharum Football Netball Club push up challenge.
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    ACE Radio staff Kelly Laird, Adam Roche, Michelle Reid, Kaycee Bould, James Davidson, Tim Nuske and Kelly Schilling in the push-up challenge.
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    UP FOR THE CHALLENGE: Laharum Football Netball Club A Grade coach Erin Mellington, front, leads fellow Demons in punching out a few push-ups at Cameron Oval. The club has signed up for this month’s Push-Up Challenge, designed to shine a light on mental-health issues and raise money for support services, primarily headspace Horsham. Club leaders will run a group push-up session for footballers and netballers once training resumes, in line with COVID-19 restrictions. Groups, clubs and workplaces throughout the Wimmera-southern Mallee have signed up for the challenge, which involves completing 3318 push-ups in 25 days. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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    Laharum Football Netball Club push up challenge.
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    Erin Mellington gives Ollie Askew a lift during Laharum Football Netball Club push up challenge.

‘352 legends’ register for push-up challenge

Headspace Horsham leaders are thrilled with early support for the Push-Up Challenge, with teams from across the Wimmera-southern Mallee pledging money and support for the youth mental-health centre.

The physical challenge, which involves participants completing 3318 push-ups in 25 days, is designed to shine a light on suicide prevention and raise money for mental-health support services.

Participants can choose a beneficiary for their fundraising, with 42 groups, schools, clubs or businesses, plus individuals, choosing headspace Horsham.

Client services officer Andrea Coxon said any money donated to headspace Horsham would go directly back into the community.



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“We are sitting at $14,086 so far raised for our community, thanks to the 352 legends who have registered this year, in support of mental health, along with the family and friends supporting those people who have registered,” she said.

She said it was fantastic to have so many regional teams participating in the national challenge.

“We are absolutely blown away by the number of registrations from businesses, schools and sporting clubs around our community,” she said.

“Obviously thanks to ACE Radio for getting on board, along with organisations including CHS Group Wimmera and Skillinvest.”

Ms Coxon said Laharum, Edenhope-Apsley and Southern Mallee Giants football netball clubs were quick to sign up for the challenge. 

“Also registering of late we’ve got the Nhill A Grade netball team, Ararat football team and we believe Team Burra is also jumping on board,” she said. 

“We know how important our physical health ties into our mental health, so it is fantastic to see F45 Horsham and Snap Fitness Horsham on board.

“From our schools, we have a massive contingent from Holy Trinity Lutheran College, they’ve smashed it out again this year. There’s also Donald High School, Horsham College and Goroke P-12 College.

“We can’t go past all the other little teams also getting involved, whether they be family or friends. But if you are involved and you’d like a shoutout, get in contact with us because we’d love to support you through the journey of the challenge.”

Ms Coxon said the target of 3318 push-ups represented the number of people who died by suicide in 2019.

“The 3318 push-ups is a very significant number – it’s also a very significant and alarming increase from the 3046 people who died by suicide in 2018,” she said.

Ms Coxon said people could visit thepushupchallenge.com.au for more information or to sign up.

– Sarah Matthews

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