Williamstown walked and talked this weekend, as part of the Flynn’s Walk fundraising campaign, reminding the community about how having meaningful conversations with mates and loved ones could save lives.
Flynn’s Walk was created in memory of the late Flynn Hargreaves, a local resident of Williamstown, who was born on 25 February 1991 and sadly passed away on 14 March 2018.
A celebration of the life of Flynn Hargreaves was held at the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria on 27 April 2018, with attendees encouraged to make a donation to the suicide prevention charity RUOK, instead of gifting flowers.
RUOK will also benefit from the fundraising efforts of Flynn’s Walk, a 10km walk from Williamstown Tennis Club to Williamstown Baseball Club and back, which has so far raised more than $22,000 for the charity.
Participants were encouraged to dress up for the day, with some walkers definitely delivering on the brief, before returning to the tennis club where Woolworths donated and ran a sausage sizzle and Victoria University’s Dr Rob Brown manned the drinks stand.
There were plenty of pooches in attendance and special guests included Hobsons Bay Mayor Angela Altair, who said you could feel the love from the Williamstown community and from everyone who supported Flynn’s Walk.
“Willy community at its very best today. A terrific tribute to a fine young ‘Towner. Hope it becomes an annual event,” said Cr Altair.
Flynn’s Walk event organiser Jack Levitt was friends with Flynn from the middle of high school and lived in the same suburb for a lot of that time. He said credit for the event goes to Flynn’s friends in England.
“Some of Flynn’s fantastic friends in the UK have organised to participate in a 10km walk, jog or run. I thought it was only appropriate that we get together and do the same here in Australia,” said Mr Levitt.
“We are all still coming to terms with the loss of our beloved Flynn – and it won’t get any easier – but it is important that we always remember the good times we shared and even more importantly, keep the conversation about mental health at the fore.”
Donations for the Flynn’s Walk campaign can be made online at the Everyday Hero website and if you or someone you know needs to talk to someone, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Triple Zero (000) in an emergency.