This event definitely got everyone talking! With eighteen well known Territorians abseiling down the China Town Car Park, involvement from Police, Fire and Emergency personnel and a partnership with beyondblue and headspace Darwin it was no wonder this event was so well received.
In late October 2013 the Commissioner spoke out about suicide and this event has evolved from his desire to encourage people to openly discuss depression and suicide in the hope of leading to prevention.
“It astounds me that more people in the Territory and, indeed, the rest of Australia die from suicide than road crashes each year.
This event is about ‘harnessing life’ and doing something visual and engaging to raise awareness of this very important issue,” he said.
Among the participants were Bishop Eugene Hurley from the Catholic Church, Lord Mayor Katrina Fong Lim and former AFL player and new Thunder Coach Xavier Clarke.
Beyondblue Ambassador and ‘shock jock’Pete Davies broadcast live from the China Town Car Park which drew a few hundred people in the crowd and raised approximately $6,000 for beyondblue and headspace Darwin.
MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED!