High-profile jockeys Glen Boss and Tommy Berry have revealed their battles with depression and now racing is seizing the initiative to raise money for mental health and men’s health charities.
The inaugural Men Matter Raceday will be staged on the Gold Coast on Saturday, the brainchild of Gold Coast Turf Club chairman Brett Cook, who hopes $150,000 will be raised on the day in a raffle with proceeds to go to men’s health charities.
The raceday aims to raise awareness and educate and raise funds for men’s physical and mental health with over 2500 corporate tickets already pre-sold.
The raceday has been Cook’s passion since he started organising it in January and the concept for the day formed in his mind when he turned 50 three years ago.
“When I turned 50, my awareness of these issues was heightened and I thought there are so many blokes who ignore mental and physical health issues,” Cook said.
“I have seen first-hand the impact of mental health problems which then result in some people attempting self-harm.
Gold Coast Turf Club will host its inaugural Men Matter raceday this Saturday. Picture: Scott PowickSource:News Corp Australia
“It has been great to see some high-profile jockeys coming out recently and talking about their issues and this day on Saturday is about raising awareness for others to do the same as well as raising money for some great charities.
“It is about encouraging men to reach out and talk to someone if they have health dramas in their life.
“As a general rule, women are often a lot better at talking about their problems than men who a lot of the time just simply bury their heads in the sand.”
General admission to the Gold Coast track is free on Saturday with organisers simply asking for a gold coin donation to charity.
The charities being supported on the day are Livin (mental health), the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and The Common Good (raises funds for medical research).
Last week, three-time Melbourne Cup winner Boss laid bare a crippling depression battle where he at one stage came “super close” to taking his own life.
In October last year, Berry revealed a battle with depression which he had hidden for several years.
Originally published asMen Matter raceday to raise funds for mental health
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