Matt, Guy and Olivia are heading out on a 4-day tour in March 2018 around the Central West and Beyond! All three of us have been involved in and with emergency services for many years. Matt is a currently serving in the emergency services (NSWPF), Guy is with the RFS as well as being a retained firefighter with Fire and Rescue NSW and Olivia is or has been a volunteer with the SES and RFS. All three of us have seen the devastating effects of mental illness with friends and family succumbing.
So this is our chance to help support Beyondblue who provide support and assistance to thousands of people each year, especially to our colleagues and volunteers. Please support us on our journey so that Beyondblue can support them.
Olivia: I have been a volunteer for a number of years initially with the SES and now with the RFS. I have seen first-hand the devastating effects of mental illness on the volunteers within these organisations as well as the victims of the devastating floods and fires. I see this rally as an opportunity to give back to an organisation that gives so much!
Guy: I have been involved in emergency services my entire life. As a teenager I joined the RFS and then left that organisation to serve the country in the Navy. Since leaving the Navy I have re-joined the RFS in a volunteer and now full-time capacity as well as being a retained firefighter with Fire and Rescue NSW. In my life I have seen the effects of mental strain and unfortunately the results of untreated mental health. I have had friends and colleagues lose their battle with the black dog. I am involved in this rally to support Beyond Blue and the great work they do, but also to spread the word that it’s okay to need help and support.
Matt: I have been involved in the emergency services for many years along with stint in the Australian Army reserves. I have been involved as a member of the SES in my younger years spending 4 years as a member. I currently work in the emergency services (NSWPF) and have done for the last 6 years. I have watched colleagues including myself suffer or battle the black dog, as emergency services workers we see the worst of the world and attend many mental health jobs as part of our daily duties including suicides. This takes a great strain on all the people that attend from the police to the ambulance crews and of course the love ones left behind. I am doing this rally to support a great cause and spread the word.