Joe Ward

Joe's world record charity run- 1000km from Brisbane to Sydney in 12 days!

Fundraising for Spur Projects
raised of A$10,000 target
by 96 supporters
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Get Silent. Get Heard.
Campaign by Spur Projects (RCN ABN: 52 602 790 670)
On June 13, Australia goes silent to raise awareness and funds for men's mental health.


Thank you for visiting my JustGiving page!

You might be wondering why I’m doing this world record run across a pretty big chunk of Australia’s beautiful east coast? It’s nearly 2 marathons a day, for 12 days in a row! And to top it all off- I’m doing it silent. Here’s why...

Usually on a big run, talking really helps you to get through it. You talk through the boredom, talk through the self doubts, and you talk to help get through the pain. It’s never easy running a marathon- or two, or three, or more! So talking is a welcome distraction and a tool to help you overcome the many mental and physical obstacles.

But on this run- the whole 1000 kms from Brisbane to Sydney- I’m not giving myself that luxury. I’m staying silent.

Why? To show my support for a campaign called Get Silent. Get Heard. To help raise funds and build awareness about men’s mental health.

My keeping silent on this epic run is a reflection of the fact that we don’t talk about men’s mental health.

We live in a culture that often says that men need to just harden up and have a spoonful of cement. This is a big deal, because five men in Australia take their own lives every day. That’s five fathers, or five brothers. Five uncles, or five sons. Five men. Gone. Every day. Day after day after day.

I don’t want to ignore this. I want help to make it OK for men to talk. And I want to help redefine what it means to be healthy.

I think we really see men’s health as having big, broad shoulders and a six pack, its all muscles and physique- but these are all outward effects of health. What we don’t really think about is mental health and the inward things that you can’t see.

Please join me in being part of the solution by donating even just $5 for this run that I have trained my whole life for. 100% of money raised is going to help mens mental health via the awesome not for profit, Spur Projects (links below if you want to check them out!).

This will be the hardest thing I have ever done and I believe this cause will be worth every step.

Thank you so much for your support! I’m truly grateful.

See you at the finish line!


About the campaign

On June 13, Australia goes silent to raise awareness and funds for men's mental health.

About the charity

Spur Projects

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RCN ABN: 52 602 790 670
Suicide remains the leading cause of death for men aged 14 to 44, and 80% of all suicides are men. Spur projects produces innovative mental health campaigns that will reduce the rate of suicide in Australia.

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