Mammoth challenge for suicide awareness - Rory McAusland

Date: Tuesday May 14, 2019 at 10:34am

Civilian Rory McAusland is undertaking a massive charity challenge for military mental health charity Combat Stress and mental health charity Samaritans over 2019 hoping to raise £40,000. Rory will be completing a mile for everyone lost to suicide last year in Scotland by running 4.5 marathons, rowing 3 marathons, walking 110 miles and cycling 350 miles to cover 705 miles, the number of people tragically lost to suicide last year in Scotland.

On top of this, he is also raising awareness for the 71 military personnel who sadly took their own life as well by launching a social media campaign called #Calories4Casualties which has been endorsed by Bear Grylls, 2 x Olympic gold medalist and Army Major Heather Stanning, Glasgow & Edinburgh Rugby Clubs and countless more around the country.

   

Rory explained the reason for his challenge when we caught up earlier; “Last year was a pretty difficult one for me and my family for a multitude of reasons and I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t say I felt lost, isolated and struggled with depression badly. I had times when I didn’t want to be here and possibly wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for some of the important people in my life. I decided I had to do something about it and wanted to stop hiding and reduce the stigma.

I had long hidden how I was feeling and just talking about it to friends and family was a massive weight off my shoulders. I wanted to do something to inspire people and let them know that it’s OK to be not OK, so I created this challenge which I believe is the first ever of its kind. I originally started fundraising for Samaritans but when I started to talk about how I was feeling and what I was doing to some friends from the gym who were serving soldiers, they instantly understood and made me aware of how much this had affected people in their regiments and those close to them. It was at this point that I decided I wanted to fundraise for both charities.”

   

Rory’s challenge has been featured in local and international news, vlogs and podcasts. His first event was a marathon row on the 20th of April followed by the Stirling marathon run on the 28th of April. You can see a list of all of his events and donate here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=RoryMcAusland&pageUrl=1  ​

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