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On Sunday 21 May, thousands of Western Australians descended on Perth’s CBD to take part in the 2023 HBF Run for a Reason. St John of God Subiaco Hospital caregiver Sarah Negus holding a Run for a Reason medal.

Among the runners was St John of God Subiaco Hospital caregiver Sarah Negus, who had been training for months with two goals in mind: to run 12km without stopping (something she had never done before), and to raise funds in support of free and low-cost mental health services in her community.

“The reason for me wanting to do this, besides the personal challenge, is raising money for St John of God Foundation,” Sarah said.

All donations received through St John of God Foundation for this year’s event will help WA people in need to access high-quality, cost-free mental wellbeing care, and emotional support through pregnancy and into adulthood through perinatal mental health services.

It is something that Sarah feels passionate about.

“Everyone should be able to access these services. It’s really important for everyone to be able to see a psychologist, particularly after COVID-19,” she said. 

“I think there’s still quite a stigma around reaching out for that help. It should be available for all; everyone should be able to take it and not be ashamed of reaching out for that help.”
Sarah, a Clinical Trials Liaison Officer who has been a caregiver for over two years (including stints at our Mount Lawley and Subiaco Hospitals), is also passionate about giving back.

“I think the organisation’s values are wonderful. I love that we are a not-for-profit and that we are encouraged to give back to the community as much as we can,” she said.

Sarah was pleasantly surprised by the support of her friends and family when it came to her fundraising, and ended up raising well over her $500 goal.

“I’ve told everyone my goal: so if they want to support a great cause, but also watch me suffer, then go for it!”

Thanks to people like Sarah, nearly $3000 in donations were received for St John of God Health Care’s community mental health services this year. 

Our sincere thanks to every walker, runner and roller who chose to go the distance for people in need – you have all made an amazing difference for our community.

To fundraise in support of patients, clients and their families, contact us on 1800 281 288 or email [email protected].

Your kindness could change a life.