HALT set to reach out to Bendigo tradies

HOME hardware specialists Hume and Iser will host Bendigo's first Save Your Bacon breakfast.

The event is an initiative of Castlemaine's Hope, Assistance, Local Tradies and is designed to raise awareness about anxiety, depression and well-being in the tradie community.

More than 100 tradies attended HALT's launch in November at its first Save Your Bacon breakfast at Castlemaine's Tonks Hardware.

HALT co-founder Jeremy Forbes was determined to expand to Bendigo and is over-the-moon Hume and Iser have agreed to host the upcoming breakfast.

"I'm proud Bendigo is taking the lead and being proactive with this," Mr Forbes said.

"I look forward to working with Hume and Iser and working with businesses and individuals from Bendigo to make this event successful.

"It will be mid-March with the actual date to be confirmed.

"I'm really excited for the tradies.

"Already word is getting around and people are talking."

A small working group will be formed in mid-January to help facilitate the event.

"I really want to make the Bendigo HALT and Save Your Bacon breakfast work," Mr Forbes said.

"It's really about sending a message to other towns and communities about how we can achieve this.

"I want to make Bendigo the real centrepiece for a larger city and to show what the community can do when they recognise the issues that tradies in the community face.

"This could really set the president for future HALT events on a state-wide level.

"I'd love it to be an annual event."

Hume and Iser managing director Stephen Iser said the business was proud to be associated with HALT.

"Most of our clientele are tradies so we're happy to support them," he said.

Sales and marketing manager Paul Woolley said it was important to raise awareness about depression.

"Up until the time that it impacts you personally you sort of turn a blind eye to it," he said.

Check out more of the Bendigo Advertiser's HALT coverage:

HALT launch is a success

HALT wants to expand to Bendigo

Tradies encouraged to open up at community breakfast

StandBy gives event thumbs up

Gallery: HALT presents Save Your Bacon breakfast

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