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High profile sports star joins MATES Big Lap 2024

MATES Big Lap has been launched to raise awareness for mental health awareness.

Mental health awareness group, MATES in Construction, has announced May 1 as the official launch date for the 2024 edition of ‘MATES Big Lap’.

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Rallying under the theme ‘move for your MATES’, this year’s event has already seen “remarkable” early interest according to the group, with over 500 participants registered to commence their physical distance challenge. This year’s event, aiming to reduce suicide rates and improve mental health among construction, mining, energy, and manufacturing sectors, will aim to build on last year’s event and complete nine virtual laps around Australia.

The number nine is symbolic for MATES, as it represents the daily average of suicides across the nation and reinforces the link between physical activity and mental health.

“MATES Big Lap is more than just an event; it’s a beacon of hope,” says Chris Lockwood, MATES Australia CEO. “Having so many people join our cause is a testament to the shared commitment to turning the tide against mental health struggles and suicide in our workplaces.”


According to MATES, physical exertion represents a microcosm of the entire agenda: for every kilometre covered in this nationwide challenge, funds will be raised to support mental health awareness as well as spreading a message of hope and solidarity.

Among the people joining the cause is NRL representative player and qualified chippy, Lindsay Collins, with his presence helping to attract a wider audience and increase participation.

The event is not just open to individuals but also welcomes teams, encouraging businesses and community groups to join the movement. With such strong early registration numbers and high-profile support, MATES Big Lap 2024 is set to be a landmark event in promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

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