Ian Bamford and Craig Mayled will ride from Melbourne to Cairns for beyondblue
Ian Bamford and Craig Mayled will ride from Melbourne to Cairns for beyondblue

Local businesses take to the road for Mental Health

Local businesses, Laser Plumbing Coffs Harbour and Computing 2 Business will join 35 plumbers and electricians from the Laser Group as they ride from Melbourne to Cairns in June to raise funds and awareness for the work of beyondblue and the impact of mental health in the workplace.

Encompassing over 1500 plumbers and electricians with Members located throughout Australia, Laser Group is aware of the fact that many of the people who make up the business fit into the categories most impacted by depression and anxiety.

As a result, the business made a strategic decision to partner with beyondblue and assist where it could whilst gaining access to tools developed for both individuals and businesses.

Planning for the road trip has been underway since last year and Members from the Laser Group will be raising funds for the cause before the tradies leave Melbourne, destined for Cairns. Riding with the group is multiple Bathurst champion and Laser Ambassador, Steve Richards.

With the Laser Group raising over $250,000 for beyondblue in the last three years, the Laser Group is passionate about the work that beyondblue does and ensuring the Laser Plumbing & Electrical businesses have the tools to assist with Mental Health in the workplace.

Reports conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers and The National Rural Health Alliance found that those working in construction were more than twice likely to suicide as other people in Australia with apprentices being two and a half times more likely to suicide that other young men their age.

Representing Laser Plumbing Coffs Harbour, Ian and Helen Bamford are excited to be working with the plumbers and electricians who have come together from across Australia and New Zealand to make a difference.

“Depression and anxiety is something that has touched our family directly” said Helen. “By taking part in the ride we are able to raise money for beyondblue as well as a greater awareness for the impact of mental health and the importance of talking about it.”

So motivated to make a difference, Ian and Helen talked friends, Craig and Julie Mayled from Computing 2 Business into joining them on the 3,500km trek.

Leaving Melbourne on Tuesday, June 6, the riders will stopover in Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Armidale, Lismore, Bundaberg, Mackay and Townsville before finishing in Cairns. Fundraising events will be held throughout the ride with the Group hoping to present the proceeds to beyondblue in July.

Donations can be made at: https://2017lasergroupmonkeyoffyourback.everydayhero.com/au/laser-plumbing-coffs-harbour

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