AFL Goldfields invites all Ballarat Football League players and supporters to the PUKA Up Community Forum which will be held on Thursday 22nd March at the OCA Pavilion at St Patrick’s College in Ballarat from 7:00pm, a FREE event open to all AFL Goldfields Club Members that will tackle the subject of suicide prevention and seek to create the environments for every person to have authentic and genuine conversations about mental health and emotional well-being.
Puka Up is a new social enterprise founded by one of Australia’s leading mental health advocates, former North Melbourne FC player and Media Personality Wayne Schwass.
Having battled silently with his own mental health for much of his sporting career, Wayne is now a dedicated mental health advocate, committed to raising awareness about mental health, emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention. In the Hindi language, Pukka means ‘authentic and genuine’.
Mental health conditions have the potential to impact anyone of us and AFL Goldfields believe talking about this important issue is a life changing opportunity by partnering with PUKA Up to deliver this community forum.
The event is free of charge and anyone linked to an AFL Goldfields club is encouraged to attend. This Community Forum is part of the PUKA Up Bike Ride that leaves Sydney on the 16th March and is set to conclude at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on the 23rd March. The stop over in Ballarat on the 22nd March will see key football personalities such as Danny Frawley, Justin Koschitzke, Paul Licuria, Wayne Schwass and Scott Cummings appear at the Community Form at part of the event. See below for a link to some videos promoting the event:
Meet some of our rider video – https://www.facebook.com/pukaup/videos/2073601692872763/
Bike ride announcement – https://www.facebook.com/pukaup/videos/2073648272868105/
AFL Goldfields welcomes everyone across the Region to take part in this initiative as we strive to raise awareness around the subject of suicide prevention.