RUN: Amanda Allen is a two-time CrossFit world champion, a former professional triathlete, cyclist and high-kneel canoer. But when she visits Emerald and Moranbah Run for MI Life, she will talk about her struggles with depression.
RUN: Amanda Allen is a two-time CrossFit world champion, a former professional triathlete, cyclist and high-kneel canoer. But when she visits Emerald and Moranbah Run for MI Life, she will talk about her struggles with depression. Contributed

Amanda crosses the state to fight depression

WORLD CrossFit Champion and Run For MI Life ambassador Amanda Allan is fighting back against an illness that she knows very well, and one that affects Queenslanders across every community - depression.

And Amanda is bringing the fight to Emerald and Moranbah.

Mental health and suicide awareness charity Run For MI Life started the Balance Podiatry Run For MI Queensland in conjunction with Amanda, who has donated her time and supreme athletic skills to run 1200km through Queensland.

Amanda began her run in Toowoomba on May 29 and already chalked up more than 240km through regional Queensland. This 1200km journey through the Sunshine State is focused on suicide and depression awareness, and resources promotion where it is desperately needed.

The next major stop for Amanda will be in Emerald. Amanda will run into the town on June 16 and have a well earned day off, before starting again on Saturday from the Capricorn Hwy entrance of the Botanic Gardens.

Locals are encouraged to wave off Amanda as she leaves. It starts 6.15am and will include breakfast and coffee and local mental health representatives will be there.

Amanda will speak of her journey and if residents would like to join Amanda on her run out of Emerald it is possible to register at www.runformilife.org.au/RFMQ.

The next major stop for Amanda, after Emerald will be Town Square Ave, Moranbah on the June 26. The final leg of this massive journey will be a 10km run from West's Leagues Club, Walkerston (home of the annual Run For MI Life fun run) running in to Mackay Amphitheatre on July 2.

Run For Ml Life is an established Mackay organisation that fundraises and promotes awareness for suicide and depression.

RFML was started in honour of Matthew Ivory, who sadly took his own life on October 19, 2012.

Matt was a fun loving, kind hearted person who enjoyed a joke and relished making others laugh. His death was unexpected and devastating. Since Run For Ml Life's first event in 2014, its participants and a hard working committee, led by Jo Shanks, has raised more than $140,000.

This money is used to provide vital SAFEtalk education sessions to members of the community without charge. .

Cost to participate - adults and children $20 - Family pass $70 (2 Adults and two children) primary school group $15 - minimum 15/booking - High school group $15 - minimum 15 booking.

It is free to attend the events and wave Amanda off.

Go to www.runformilife.org.au/rfmq or email info@runformilife.org.au

Your support

At each major stop community members can register to participate in a 'mini run' with Amanda as she leaves to go onto the next major stop.

There will be Cross Fit boxes featuring Amanda in a work-out at each major location.

Amanda will deliver a speech, and provide information regarding mental health resources available locally.

Money raised in the community will be donated back to the community by way of providing SafeTALK for free in that community.


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