ANYTIME FITNESS’ TREADMILL CHALLENGE RAISES OVER $1.1M
Anytime Fitness is proud to announce the results of the gym chain’s third annual fundraiser for suicide prevention awareness. The 2019 Tread As One event, held over 24 hours from May 30th to June 1st, saw over 250 Anytime Fitness clubs around Australia participate in a donation drive for Australian suicide prevention charity R U OK?.
As Australia’s largest fitness community, the annual event saw Anytime Fitness engage a nation-wide audience and encourage their 500,000 strong member network to jump on a treadmill for suicide prevention awareness. Anytime Fitness members, alongside the community as a whole, saw the 2019 event raise over $330K for R U OK?. A number of R U OK? Ambassadors also took part in the challenge to raise money and awareness, including Ali Langdon, Izack Rodda, James Van Cooper and Tom Derickx.
The Tread As One event was started by the community, for the community. A group of friends from Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs who were bereaved by suicide started a 24-hour community treadmill challenge event to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention. Since 2017, the Anytime Fitness Australia community has raised a total of $1.1 million.
The funds raised by the 2019 Anytime Fitness treadmill challenge will significantly enhance R U OK?’s capacity to better target some of Australia’s most vulnerable communities. Importantly, this will assist R U OK? to enhance and sustain their campaign activity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; provide additional resourcing for LGBTQI+ communities and help R U OK? to further its reach into multicultural communities.
As household names and leaders in their respective fields, Anytime Fitness and R U OK? are a powerful awareness-raising pairing. CEO of Anytime Fitness Australia, Arthur McColl, is passionate about the impact the event has, saying, “Over the past three years, Anytime Fitness has watched our 24-hour treadmill fundraiser deliver much-needed, life-changing resources to some of our most important charities. Anytime Fitness lives in Australia’s heartland, and one of my favourite elements of the 24-hour treadmill event is seeing the passion and energy the community holds for this cause.”
“None of us are immune to the impact of life’s ups and downs, but with this annual fundraiser, Australians truly do “tread as one” and unite to help drive awareness and raise money for the incredible work of programs like R U OK? and start conversations that could save a life.”