Mayor running in to help

Sally Asfour and her boys, Lucas and Elias will be hitting the treadmill this Friday in a 24-hour nationwide fundraising challenge to raise awareness of mental health.

THE Asfour family will be running for a cause when they hit the treadmill this Friday in a 24-hour nationwide fundraising challenge, to raise awareness of mental health and the RUOK message.

Wife, son also offering support

City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour, wife Sally and son Elias, will run for 15 minutes, along with other participants, as part of Tread as One being organised by Anytime Fitness.

Mayor Asfour has been a regular supporter of the RUOK campaign.

“Mental illness can take many forms, can often go unrecognised and be hidden from family and friends,” he said.

“One in five Australians experience a mental illness at some stage in their lives, which is more than enough motivation for me to put my joggers on and run for 15 minutes.

“I hope, through my family’s participation, we can raise awareness of mental health and I encourage others to join the challenge.”

Mrs Asfour said crossing paths with many people with mental health issues, was the driving force behind her taking part.

“I think it’s an important social matter that is kept under wraps for fear of looking weak, especially in our ethnic communities where a man shouldn’t cry or show emotions,” she said.

“Asking someone RUOK might mean the difference between life and death.”

Seven-year-old Elias is excited about being involved.

“I want people to know everything is okay. I want them to know how important it is to tell people if they’re going through something and to ask for help,” he said.

Tread for One will start on Friday, May 31, at 3pm and finish on Saturday, June 1, at 3pm, with the Asfours taking up the challenge from 4-4.45pm at Anytime Fitness in Greenacre.

To sign up or for more information, visit