The FFA Centre of Excellence is committed to supporting players to understand and maintain positive mental health. A select group of players recently volunteered their time in support of Lifeline Canberra and the Canberra Cavalry’s partnership to raise awareness of suicide prevention and support.
Centre of Excellence players Matthew Sutton, Bryce Bafford, John Roberts, Mirza Muratovic, James Fletcher, Melad Ahmad and Jordan Griffiths attended the Canberra Cavalry’s home games on the 12th and 13th of January and supported Lifeline Canberra staff in collecting donations, distributing Lifeline flyers and goods as part of ‘Health and Wellness Weekend’.
Local Canberra product, James Fletcher, enjoyed the volunteering experience. “I thought it was good how willing people were to give to a great cause” Fletcher said. Mirza Muratovic, who hails from Oberon in NSW, was impressed by the generosity shown by Cavalry supporters noting that “some people even came back to donate for a second time”.
The FFA Centre of Excellence would like to thank Lifeline Canberra and the Canberra Cavalry for providing the opportunity for our players to raise awareness of an important issue and give support to the Canberra community.
Suicide is the leading cause of preventable death for Australians aged 15 - 44. In Canberra, we tragically lose one person to suicide each week. Lifeline Canberra crisis support volunteers answer approximately 100 calls each day to the local 13 11 14 crisis support and suicide prevention line, helping people experiencing crisis and suicidal thoughts find a reason to live. *