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Swim, run or ride for your Mates this May to help construction industry mental health

April 24th, 2024

The Mates Big Lap is held during the full month of May to raise awareness about mental health and suicide in the construction industry. It’s motto is Mates Stronger Together.

Swim, walk, run, ride or wheel – choose what you do best. You can set your own goal of how many kilometres you hope to achieve.

The aim is that everyone involved will combined do several laps of Australia – a massive 15,000 kilometres each lap – and in the process raise awareness and funds to help construction workers improved their mental health.

Last year not one but FIVE laps were circumnavigated (virtually) by 698 people. An amazing effort!

This year they are aiming for NINE laps.

Additionally, healthy new habits take only three weeks to form – so by doing the Big Lap over May, competitors can begin a new healthy lifestyle – improving their physical health and mental health as well.

100 per cent of funds raised (including the registration fee) will go to the selected industry or state of the participant.

Fundraising is an essential part of funding Mates so they can put more boots on the ground, improving mental health and preventing suicide in the construction industry.

Mates Ambassador

This year’s Mates Big Lap is receiving an unprecedented level of support from high-profile figures, including NRL representative player and qualified chippy, Lindsay Collins.

Lindsay’s involvement brings a significant spotlight to the event, helping to attract a wider audience and increase participation. His commitment exemplifies the strong community spirit that the event fosters, uniting individuals from all walks of life to support a cause that affects so many within our industries.

For more information on how to participate, support or donate, please visit https://matesbiglap2024.gofundraise.com.au


Mates is a charity established in 2008 to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers. Mates in Construction provides awareness training to industry workers to give them the skills to recognise the signs a workmate might be struggling with life.

Mates provides suicide prevention through community development programs on sites, and by supporting workers in need through case management and a 24/7 help line.

Mates helpline: 1300 642 111

Website: mates.org.au

IMAGE: Mates Ambassador, NRL representative player and qualified chippy, Lindsay Collins

By Chris Maher
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