Warrnambool runner Rochelle Greene knows her close friend will be with her as she completes her first half-marathon at the Melbourne Marathon Festival.
The 23-year-old decided she would run the 21 kilometres, with Melbourne-based older brother Luke, 30, in support of Lets Talk, an initiative aimed at reducing the stigma around mental health.
Let’s Talk is an acronym that stands for: L = learn self-care, E = express your feelings,T = tell someone, S = someone loves you, T = talk, A = ask how you’re feeling, L = listen, K = keep talking.
The south-west based initiative was launched back in 2016 by Jane and Michael Fitzgibbon, after their son Sam took his own life.
“Let’s talk is very close to my heart so if I was going to do it for anybody I was going to do it for them,” Greene said.
“Sam was a close friend of mine and his parent’s took it in their stride and wanted to make change and didn’t want to see this happen again to anyone else.
“So I got in contact with them to organise a fundraising effort and then started running.
“I wanted to raise a $1000 and I have already smashed that and I am at around $1200 at the moment.”
The Greene siblings and Lets Talk volunteer Mark Powell will be wearing t-shirts in support of the initiative as they pound the pavement around Melbourne’s CBD on Sunday.
“My brother is doing it with me and we will be sort of running it together,” she said.
“I’ll be trying to catch up with him as he said he wanted to sprint and then wait for me and then sprint again. So not sure how he is going to go fitness wise as he hasn’t trained for it like I have.”
The Warrnambool athletic club member will join over 20 other clubmates running in the various events at the Melbourne Marathon Festival.
- You can donate to Rochelle’s fundraising efforts at https://www.gofundme.com/lets-talk-half-marathon-x-2
- Anyone who needs help can phone Lifeline on 131 114 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636