People living in the community of Robinvale need to undertake a two-hour round trip to access their nearest mental health service, which often includes time off work and repeat travel as well as the costs of treatment.

Luke Benham, born and bred in the area, identified that being 100km from services and resources when you’re not feeling yourself is a real barrier to getting help. Luke set about reducing the burden of mental health in Robinvale and established a fundraiser ‘42K for $42k’.

In partnership with Robinvale District Health Service, Luke has raised enough funds to open a walk-in clinic for his town, equipped with two qualified mental health professionals.

Luke ran his 42k marathon just over a week ago and smashed his goal, raising $54,000.  It is a shame that regional communities sometimes have to initiate fundraisers to establish an essential health service, but I extend heartfelt congratulations to Luke and his wife Jade, to Robinvale District Community Health and to the Robinvale community for their incredible efforts.