Hi! I am taking part in Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018 to raise much needed funds for Black Dog Institute. The work of the Black Dog Institute is extremely important in understanding, treating and preventing mental illness. Unfortunately, one in five Australians (20%) aged between 16-85 will experience mental illness in any year and almost 45% of Australians will experience mental illness in their lifetime. Whilst I personally have never experienced mental illness, I have been able to witness the effects it can have on people and the significant role that strong support systems have on aiding the recovery process of someone experiencing a mental health issue. All fundraising helps to continue research into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness in Australia as well as the development of educational and awareness programs. No donation is too small!!