Eleven students and four teaching staff recently braved the chilly morning air to participate in the 2019 City2Surf fun run. The 14km run from Hyde Park to Bondi Beach drew over 85,000 participants.
Mr Joel Garlato, Director of Student Wellbeing reports:
What would possess us to get out of bed on such a cold and windy morning to do such a thing? Well we were running for a cause – for Batyr, a Youth Mental Health awareness charity who speak to youth in schools about Mental Health. For the past four years, Batyr and their speakers have visited SGCS and spoken to our Year 9 and Year 10 students about their personal battles with mental ill health and encourage students to seek help to get through the ‘hard times’.
Through the City2Surf event, SGCS raised over $4000 for Batyr. This is a tremendous effort! All money raised will go directly to Batyr and help them to extend their program into schools in disadvantaged areas, and raise awareness of the support that is available to people battling with mental ill health.
Our students found the experience to be a rewarding one:
Running on the day was awesome, but knowing that we were running for a cause and not just for ourselves made the whole experience even more special. It was definitely rewarding. Jemimah W. and Liam A. (Year 11)
If you would like to contribute to the work Batyr is doing and support the students who participated in the City2Surf, please go to: ps://city2surf2019.everydayhero.com/au/st-george-christian-school-for-batyr