HALT set for its next big adventure

TEAM EFFORT: Bendigo Community Health Services chief executive Kim Sykes and HALT co-founder Jeremy Forbes. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

TEAM EFFORT: Bendigo Community Health Services chief executive Kim Sykes and HALT co-founder Jeremy Forbes. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

HALT continues to expand its reach throughout regional Victoria.

A Save Your Bacon breakfast has been earmarked for the Bairnsdale and Wedderburn communities as part of the Hope, Assistance, Local Tradies' initiative.

HALT will go back to where it all started for Castlemaine's second annual Save Your Bacon breakfast on September 10 and will also visit Drysdale as part of its outreach.

"It's like throwing a stone into the water and watching the ripple effects move outwards," co-founder Jeremy Forbes said.

"Castlemaine was the first one and then the ripples have taken to Bendigo and now it's going further and further.

"It keeps going and going with the understanding of what HALT's doing in conjunction with Bendigo Community Health Services."

HALT is designed to raise awareness about anxiety, depression and well-being in the tradie community.

"The uniqueness of the Wedderburn event is that there's not necessarily a lot of traides there so we plan to do a Save Your Bacon breakfast for the whole community.

"So it's raising awareness of mental health for the whole Wedderburn community.

"We're inviting farmers and business owners and whoever we can to come along.

"In small towns there isn't necessarily a lot of tradies so it makes sense that if we're going to come along, we just do something for the whole community.

"So the whole community gets involved and becomes a part of it.

"There's no town too big or too small that HALT can't get to."

HALT is planning the Bairnsdale and Wedderburn breakfasts for September and has another event in the pipeline for October.

Tonks Hardware owner Jason Mills, from Castlemaine, said it was great to see HALT go from strength the strength.

"It's something we've supported right from the start and it's great to have the feeling that it hasn't all been forgotten and isn't just a one off," he said.

"A lot of things happen and don't get followed through.

"But the follow through with this one has been really good. Jeremy has really done wonders with it ..." 

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