Bendigo Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk cancelled for 2021

It's with great sadness that we advise the 2021 Bendigo Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk planned for March has been cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns.
The walk has become an annual event on the Bendigo calendar each March with hundreds of people turning out to the Dai Gum San precinct to support each other, listen to guest speakers and take part in the traditional butterfly remembrance ceremony.
But with the continued uncertainty and ever-changing landscape around Coronavirus cancelling the walk was the only option for 2021.
Community welfare must come first.
We haven't made this decision lightly but feel it's in the best interests of the hundreds of people who attend the walk that we cancel the event for this year.
It's so disappointing given we didn't hold the walk last year either but rest assured we remain positive the walk will return in 2022 and look forward to using the event as a major part of our ongoing work in raising awareness around suicide prevention.
We will now look at other ways of raising suicide prevention awareness for 2021.
This work continues to hold great importance to the community as sadly we still see people taking their own lives.
This is a community issue and we must all work together to find a solution.
Change must start with education and awareness so the SPAN group will continue our work and look for other ways to keep getting important messages out into the community around mental health, wellbeing and asking for help when needed.
We truly appreciate your support and that of the community and look forward to that continuing in the years ahead.