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Mal Duncan prepares to ride 3,500 kilometres for mental health

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Mal Duncan prepares to ride 3,500 kilometres for mental health

Sale plumber joins ride for mental health

A plumber for Sale will join five-time Bathurst 1000 champion, Steve Richards and 25 other plumbers and electricians as they ride more than 3,500 kilometres, looping Victoria and raising money and awareness for the work of Beyond Blue.

Mal Duncan from Laser Plumbing Sale and his fellow riders will leave Melbourne this Wednesday, to be farewelled by the Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley and former Channel 10 sports reporter and Beyond Blue Ambassador, Brad McEwan.

Members of the Laser and O’Brien Electrical and Plumbing Groups, have come together from across Australia and New Zealand for the ride. The first leg will take them from Luna Park to Portland and Mount Gambier.

With 1 in 8 Australian men to experience depression and 1 in 5 to experience anxiety during their lifetime, mental health is a cause that the plumbers and electricians of the group are passionate about, with Laser Plumbing Sale’s managing director Dan Smolenaars also proud of the example that Mal is sharing through his involvement with the ride.

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“We know that men are less likely to seek help for mental health issues than women are, and this was the primary reason we became involved with the ride,” said Dan.

“As well as raising funds and awareness for Beyond Blue, just as important is that on the ride, the blokes get talking, something which we know blokes simply don’t do enough.”

This will be the third time the tradies have come together to ride for Mental Health since 2014 with the Group previously riding from Melbourne to the Gold Coast and Melbourne to Cairns and this year are joined by a group of riders from New Zealand as well.

As part of the leadership team for Laser Plumbing Sale and Traralgon, Mal is passionate about creating a mentally healthy workplace for his team which is why he is doing his bit to help the riders in their fundraising.

The Laser Group has raised over $300,000 for Beyond Blue since their first ride in 2014 and has kicked off their fundraising with over $20,000 raised so far.

Riding over 3,500kms, the riders will be taking on the Great Ocean Road, making their way to Keith before reaching Adelaide, leaving for Renmark the next morning. They will then make their way along the Murray River before returning to Melbourne via the Snowy mountains and Gippsland.

You can support Mal by donating at: https://obrienmonkyoffyourback2019.everydayhero.com/au/mal

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