Luke Dawson

My walk is dedicated to the memory of Mark Dawson

Total Raised

$918

Total Distance

0

Distance Goal

100km

Support My Walk - Lets Talk Mental Health & Suicide Prevention!

Did you know that 1 in 5 people experience symptoms of mental illness each year?

In fact, every day in Australia, 8 people will die by suicide.

I can tell  you, I've dealt with both and those numbers are FAR TOO HIGH!

Mental illness has sat me on my arse at times as well as having a devastating impact on not only those living with it, but those around them. 

I'm one of the lucky ones, who has fought hard & had the right people at the right time, nearly always, to be the shoulder to cry on & ultimately, keep me  on a better path. 

This October, I’ll be taking part in One Foot Forward to show people living with mental illness that they are not alone. I'm here, our team is here & the many who truly know how important this is for the communitty in general are all speaking up to help as many prople as possible not succumb to the black dog!. 

I'm walking to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute to support crucial mental health research and support services to help Australians impacted by mental illness and suicide.

It would mean so much to me if you'd support my walk this October. The money is important to assist with crucial services, but what means the most to me is seeing people instigate conversations in both ways. For those being reached out to, make those you care about comfortable enough to lean on you, and meet that lean with compassion & support. Sometimes all that is needed is an ear!

Together, we can create a mentally healthier world, for everyone. It starts by talking and knowing that there is ALWAYS ANOTHER WAY!!

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My Updates

Why I'm here!

Hi, My names Luke & my life has been seriously impacted by mental health challenges including suicide in various ways, not least of all losing my dad when he was 37. 

First off, I want to Say a massive thanks to Kate Benjamin for inviting me to be a part of the Walk for Mental Health as I am very passionate about this cause. I am honoured to do "This One For The Dads!"  

For me, I am super busy so the best thing for my mental health is Riding motorbikes, mountain bikes & training in the gym whilst activily working on my mindset. These activities keep me in a good place. 

Motorbikes are something my dad & I both have a huge love for. Every time I ride I feel like he is watching & smiling which makes me happy, although its never quite the same, is it?  

I have strong motivation to overcome any challenges that come my which I feel stems mostly from losing my dad when I was just 18. I'll share some more details about his story later, but I can say, the sadness & effects of my dads passing have now extended to my children, who came along almost 15 years later.  

Thankfully, I have shared my story with many & found this to have a positive impact for both others & myself, so for me, its all about breaking the stigmas & talking it out whilst understanding we need to raise awareness & funds to provide multiple lines of support for those who need it.  

So we're going to build a mad team of similarly passionate people, then we're going to walk, train, ride & most importantly TALK our way through the next few months to ensure more dads, brothers, sisters, mums, aunties, uncles & mates know that there is ALWAYS ANOTHER WAY!!!. 

My Achievements

Thank you to my Sponsors

$105

Joanne Houston

Proud of your constant effort and care for others who are struggling. Keep up the great work.

$105

Jimmy

$105

Chelsea

Go Luke! Love this cause ❤️

$105

Asset Plumbing Solutions

Well done Luke. 🙌

$100

Adrienne Ingram

You are an inspiration Luke!!

$52.50

Dee Gawne

You are amazing Luke!! What a great cause!!! I love how passionate and open you are about your journey, you are always checking in and caring about others, your Dad would be so proud! Thanks for always cheering me on. Means a lot❤️

$52.50

Anonymous

Your strength is something that should be admired!! Stay strong you are AMAZING

$52.50

Lyn Spencer

Good on you Luke. A great cause.

$50

Margaret & Grant Oostendorp

Good on you Luke, great cause x

$40

Dianne Bell

$31.50

Anonymous

$30

Tracey

Well done Luke. Good luck with your goal.

$26.25

Micka

Good luck mate

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Anonymous

$21

Rica Bonnici

$21

Loz

Well done legend!