Lifeline Canberra, in partnership with Harcourts Brindabella and eight of Canberra’s PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues (NPL) Football (soccer) clubs, are excited to launch the Harcourts Kick a Goal, Save a Life campaign.
The campaign will raise funds to support Lifeline Canberra in continuing to provide crisis support and suicide prevention services to the people of Canberra and the surrounding region. Furthermore, it will raise awareness of mental health issues; promote the services of Lifeline Canberra and will include an education session conducted by Lifeline Canberra’s CORE Solutions training team to the local football community.
The eight PS4 NPL clubs participating in the campaign will donate $26 to Lifeline Canberra for every goal scored by their premier league team in 2016. The clubs participating in the campaign include:
- Belconnen United
- Canberra FC
- Canberra Olympic
- Gungahlin United
- Monaro Panthers
- Tigers FC including Brindabella Blues and Cooma Tigers
- Tuggeranong United
- Woden-Weston FC
Lifeline Canberra CEO Ms Carrie-Ann Leeson said, “Lifeline Canberra is proud to have Harcourts Brindabella as the principal partner of the campaign and appreciates the support and contribution of Canberra’s PS4 NPL clubs. This campaign will support our operations, including the recruitment, training and ongoing support of our volunteer Telephone Crisis Supporters. Every goal scored during the season by the eight participating PS4 NPL clubs will fund a lifesaving call – it costs Lifeline Canberra $26 for each life-saving call received.”
“To know that every goal scored by our Premier League team this season is aiding Lifeline Canberra in saving a life is extremely rewarding,” said Tigers FC President Harry Hovasapian.
Jon Thiele, President Tuggeranong United said, “We lose one person to suicide every nine days in Canberra – this is a real problem within our community and it’s why we are taking part in this important campaign”.
Martin Radic, Secretary Canberra FC said, “Based on the goals scored last year by the eight PS4 NPL clubs, collectively, we can save 265 people from losing their life to suicide”.
“This is a satisfying campaign for our club to be involved in. We are looking forward to the education session and, of course, scoring lots of goals for Lifeline Canberra,” said John Athanasiou, Secretary Canberra Olympic.
“Any campaign that provides support to people in times of crisis and can contribute to building a resilient, suicide-free Canberra and region is a campaign we want to be involved in,” said Simon France, President Monaro Panthers.
Call Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis line on 13 11 14 for support.