The Reach Foundation named 2012 MRA Cranbourne GP Run charity partner: Issued 17 August 2012
MEDIA RELEASE: 17 August 2012
The City of Casey is pleased to announce national youth organisation The Reach Foundation has been named as the charity partner for the 2012 MRA Cranbourne GP Run to be held on Saturday 27 October.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz said ‘Reach promotes mental health and emotional well being in young people’.
‘This is important for the City of Casey as we have one of the highest concentrations of young people in the state.
‘Council is committed to supporting our young people and by joining with Reach for the city’s biggest event of year, we can demonstrate our belief in young people and the significance of their contribution to community life’.
Reach was established by the late Jim Stynes OAM and Australian film director, Paul Currie, in 1994 to inspire all young people to believe in themselves and get the most out of life.
Reach believes that everyone has intrinsic strengths and potential. Through school and community programs Reach supports young people to feel safe, share their story, and discover their potential.
Reach programs are preventative in nature. They aim to build self-efficacy among young people, while supporting them to develop the social and emotional skills they need to be resilient and make positive life choices.
Cr Sam Aziz said ‘Reach has identified that developing these skills in young people can reduce serious problems and disadvantage later in life such as depression, substance abuse, homelessness and suicide.
‘By having a presence at the 2012 MRA GP Run, Reach will remind the community of these issues and raise awareness of and fundraise for their programs.
‘Members of the community will be able to contribute a gold coin donation to Reach at the free rides and activities at the event. A representative from the organisation will also address the crowd on its programs from the main stage’.
For more information about the 2012 MRA Cranbourne GP Run contact City of Casey Customer Service on 9705 5200 or visit Council’s website at www.casey.vic.gov.au/gprun.
The 2012 MRA Cranbourne GP Run is proudly supported by the Motorcycle Riders Association Australia (MRA), Victoria Police, Star News Group and Cranbourne Chamber of Commerce.
For information about The Reach Foundation visit www.reach.org.au.