When the film Stronger screens on Wednesday night at Warrnambool’s Capitol Cinema, two dozen casual cyclists will be hoping it brings a bigger life to some of the city’s struggling teens.
The Warrnambool Latte cycling group are screening the two-hour film as a fundraiser for the Big Life Program, a youth well-being program based at both Brauer and Warrnambool Colleges.
The film tells the true story of the man who lost both legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Latte’s spokesman Shane Wilson said the group was hosting the event because its members were passionate about the next generation.
“The statistics of mental health among our young people are damning locally,” he said. “And Big Life is stepping outside the paradigms and setting up new ways of providing tools and techniques to get on the same page to de-stigmatise mental health.”
“It’s a local approach and it’s a collaborative approach,” he said. “The program doesn’t wait for kids to take themselves off to the well-being officer, it gets everyone involved, the teachers, the parents, the staff, the students and the community.
“It is a program that creates a web of interaction.”
Tickets can be purchased at Jellie McDonald.
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