COVID-19 and bushfires have had an impact on all Australians across many aspects of our lives. Volunteer organisations have been supporting an unprecedented number of Australians in crisis as we rise to the challenges of 2020.
The Hotel School students have initiated a national walking challenge across all our campuses to fundraise and help three organisations who have been supporting vulnerable people across Australia.
For 2020 we will be fundraising for:
Seventy-five per cent of young people say their mental health has worsened as a result of COVID-19, according to a new survey by the Black Dog Institute and the University of New South Wales. The survey also shows that the number of young people, between 12 to 18 years, who have symptoms severe enough to warrant a diagnosis has doubled since the pandemic. This research also uncovers a broader issue about the lack of preparedness of our mental health system and services. It underscores the need for an increased focus on prevention programs for mental health issues at an early age. They are advocating to start this in schools.
It is every person’s human right to live a life free of violence. COVID-19 social isolation and stay-at-home measures significantly reduced the victim’s options and their ability to seek help. Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia provides 24/7 specialist trauma counselling services for those who experience sexual, domestic or family violence. They engage in prevention and advocacy work to promote gender equality nationwide and help thousands of people who experience abuse each year take those first steps toward recovery.
Through community and volunteer support The Australian Red Cross provide relief in times of crisis and care when its needed most, especially to the most vulnerable across all of Australia and beyond, including disasters, isolation, loneliness and poverty.
To support these organisations, the students, staff and alumni of The Hotel School will participate in a walking challenge from 14 Nov – 11 Dec. Registered participants are encouraged to walk 60km within the month. The Heart Foundation research shows that walking has many benefits to boost both our physical and mental health to reduce stress, be more alert, have a healthier body and build strong relationships.
You are welcome to join this event and support us by sponsoring our teams across the three states from the links below. Our teams will be connecting virtually for this challenge for a common shared goal. Your donation will help support vulnerable members of our community. Facebook pays all the processing fees for you, so 100% of your donation goes directly to the charity.
Support Team: Black Dog Institute
Support Team: Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia
Support Team: Australian Red Cross