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Thursday, 1 August 2019
Page: 1820


Mr GOSLING (Solomon) (13:48): The Top End Gran Fondo is a cycling event that's held in Darwin each year. There are four riding distances. You can do three kilometres, 25 kilometres, 75 kilometres or 145 kilometres. I did the 145 kilometre in the past and I couldn't walk straight for a little while, so this year I'm doing the 75 kilometre. I'm joining Team Happy Days.

Team Happy Days has been organised by Territorians Gareth and Michelle in honour of their mate Kyle, whose saying in life was, 'Happy days!' They're doing it to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. As well as raising awareness, we're also raising funds for MATES in Construction to assist them in their very important work in the territory to reduce suicide amongst construction and mining workers. So I say to cyclists in the Territory that it's not too late to dust off your bike and to join Team Happy Days in the Gran Fondo.

I'd like to quickly pass on a message from Kyle's mum, who lost her son in 2014:

I'd like to thank Michelle and Gareth who were friends of my darling Kyle who have done an awesome job in getting the information out regarding suicide and mental health.

Well done, Michelle! Well done, Gareth! Come and do the Top End Gran Fondo as part of Team Happy Days!