Simon Byrne

$1,228.80

Raised of $1,500

For Beyond Blue

I haven't got a backstory in the area of mental health, however, 2018 was probably one of my unhappiest and worst years mentally, even though I am in one of the most relaxed places in the world and by comparison, probably a year that people in a bad mental state would envy. I was caught up in making "enough" money to take home instead of enjoying where I was. I worked all the hours available, smoked every day, drank most weekends and in my free time, sat in a dark room playing PlayStation, eating crisps. Coming in to 2019 I decided to change in order to become fitter, healthier and happier. I started getting my 10,000 steps a day, eating 2,000 calories a day and saying yes to new experiences. As the 10,000 steps became easy I aimed for 12,500, signed up to a gym and then started to jog. I became more and more confident and decided I could run the City2Surf 14Km fun run. Now in training for C2S, I have joined the free training group, completed my first 10km race and signed up to this half marathon. I was in a bad place in 2018 and want to raise a small bit of awareness on how small daily alterations can compound into massive changes. 7/8 months ago I wouldn't have even considered a long evening walk, never mind a half marathon. Beyond Blue is one of the major charities for the Blackmores Half Marathon and as good a cause as any for my first fundraising attempt. Please donate what you can to a charity that can help people in a worse place than ourselves. Cheers! Beyond Blue Intro: "I’ve created this page to make a difference in the lives of people affected by anxiety, depression and suicide. I want to reduce the stigma and break down the barriers that prevent people from speaking up and reaching out. Beyond Blue is here for everyone in Australia – at work, home, school, online and in communities across the country. Support me now in my participation at Blackmores Sydney Running Festival to help all Australians achieve their best possible mental health."

Recent updates

12 days ago

Another target reached! Thanks everyone. Extending it to $1500 with just over a month to race day.

23 days ago

New target $1000, thanks everyone so far!

23 days ago

Target reached in 6 hours!

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Recent donations

Brendan gave $32.00
6 days ago

Good luck with your run Simon

Simon
5 days ago

Thanks very much Brendan!

Niambh gave $105.00
10 days ago
Simon
5 days ago

Thanks Steve!

Liam gave $32.00
10 days ago

Good lad Simy, you're a credit! #cheekybas

Simon
5 days ago

Good lad P-man, keep the steps up

Andy gave $32.00
10 days ago

Jog on

Simon
5 days ago

Thanks Mandy!

Malibu gave $152.25
19 days ago
Simon
5 days ago

Cheers Cricky boy