7 Rocky River Run raises funds to address youth mental health issues and the prevention of youth suicide. It also supports young families that need to travel to Brisbane for lifesaving surgery and treatment that is not available in Central Queensland.
In 2020, 7 Rocky River Run will be supporting Ronald McDonald House Charity - Northern Australia and R U OK?. We've also partnered with Everyday Hero to let our race participants raise money for their charities of choice.
R U OK?
R U OK? is a suicide prevention charity that aims to start life-changing conversations and create a more connected world. Its mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully communicate with the people around them and support those struggling with life. This is of particular importance in Central Queensland - an area that has faced a tragic and alarming increase in youth suicide.
Suicide is preventable and there are warning signs around it. We believe that the work R U OK? does to raise awareness, reduce the stigma and create an open dialogue is extremely important. It all starts with the simple question of: "Are you okay?".
Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House is an independent charity helping families of seriously ill children. Its purpose is to help keep everyone together and close to much needed, often specialised care - offering the support group a "home away from home". It provides for families by helping to ease the burden of dealing with practicalities like accommodation. In a country as big as Australia, where this care may be far away, this can be a critical, overlooked service.
There are now 16 Ronald McDonald Houses in Australia and more than 360 houses worldwide.