‘One Foot Forward’ to help

WHEN Alisha Wood saw an invitation to take part in the One Foot Forward campaign, with the challenge of walking 100 or 150km during October to raise funds for mental health, the Georges River Grammar (GRG) teacher thought it was a good opportunity to practise what she preaches.

She contacted a few of her GRG colleagues – Rachael Green, Greig Harland and Kristie Marks – who were only too happy to pull on their runners and join her on the mission to raise funds, via sponsors, for the Black Dog Institute’s mental health programs.
Already raising over $1,600, the four high school teachers have walked over 140km combined since the start of the month with Alisha clocking up over 50km.
Though there has been a big change in the way society views and supports mental health over the last few years, Alisha says some children still struggle especially with the added pressure of remote learning.
“We’re all passionate about helping our students as much as possible and can’t wait to see all of their beautiful, smiling faces once they return to GRG classrooms,” she said.
“I have been trying to inject positivity into my students by suggesting they take time out everyday to do something for themselves like playing with the dog, having lunch in the sun or going for a walk.
“It’s been nice to note that going for walks each day, due to this campaign, has certainly helped my mental health too.”
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