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HAFC WINGS

MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM

The Hawthorn Amateur Footy Club has been touched on more than one occasion by the tragedy of depression in men. Sadly, we have lost two former players and a former player’s father through suicide between 2005 and 2009. This prompted us to do something to raise awareness in our club and in our community to help prevent any further tragedy. Over the past 6 years we have held lunches at our club rooms, a lunch at Visy Park and 3 VIP breakfasts. Guest speakers so far have included Premier Ted Baillieu (twice), Beyond Blue Chairman and former Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett, AFL identity Billy Brownless, Gold Coast Suns player Campbell Brown, former Carlton great Ken Hunter, North Melbourne and Sydney AFL star Wayne Schwass plus various medical experts speaking about Men’s Health and depression. These lunches and breakfasts have occasionally attracted the media in the form of Channel 9 news, The Age and The Herald Sun.

Apart from raising awareness, the main reason for these events is to raise money for the Mental Health Fund which has been set up by the club to assist anyone from the HAFC community who is struggling with depression or anxiety. This fund is designed to remove the financial burden for anyone needing help. We want to ensure that anyone who needs help can get it, either from their GP or a Mental Health Professional. If you or someone in your family requires access to this fund, simply speak to any committee member. This will be treated as strictly confidential. If you don't feel comfortable having the conversation face to face, email hawthornafc@gmail.com.

The other part of our Mental Health fundraising efforts is the City 2 Sea fun run in November. Starting in East Melbourne near the iconic MCG, the 15km course winds its way down St Kilda Rd, around Albert Park Lake and finishes in St Kilda.

Hawks have raised over $40,000 for Charity Partners One In Five and Headspace through participating in this run.

The Club awards a perpetual trophy to the person who best looks after their mates, on and off the field.

The WINGS Trophy is named in honour of Jacob Pitcher, Peter Lynch and David Holland, the three members of our club who have passed away by suicide.

This trophy is generously sponsored each year by Mrs. Chris Monohan