Kara Sutherland (left) with Nicola Carey and Reni Maitua
At this time of year Kara Sutherland is no stranger to the treadmill. The left-arm fast bowler has been back in pre-season training with the Lend Lease Breakers for a few weeks now, however, she’s also been doing some extra “sessions” on the conveyor belt to support Suicide Prevention Australia.
Sutherland has been the driving force behind the Lend Lease Breakers’ involvement in the Plebs, Pros and Personalities quest to raise money for Suicide Prevention Australia.
A fortnight ago she and NSW team mates Sarah Coyte, Alyssa Healy, Emily Leys, Erin Osborne and Nicola Carey were involved a 24 hour Treadmill Challenge at Maroubra Sports Club, along with a number of other athletes including players from the NRL.
“It wasn’t just to raise money for Suicide Prevention Australia. It was also a chance to raise awareness that suicide is a big killer in our community. We are losing seven people a day to suicide so it is something we really need to stand up and address,” she explained.
Suicide Prevention has been a cause close to Sutherland’s heart after a tragedy 12 months ago.
“My best friend lost her father to suicide last year. She’s been involved with a few different organisations that have been involved in prevention. Just by chance I saw something on social media about Plebs, Pros and Personalities and I decided that it was something that I really wanted to get involved in,” she said.
The initial event two weeks ago raised $100,000, doubling the efforts of the inaugural event a year earlier.
Sutherland will also continue push the cause this Friday night (July 4) when she joins a group of celebrities running on a treadmill at the NRL match between Canterbury and Manly at ANZ Stadium.
Looking forward to the 2014/15 season, Sutherland is thrilled to be back in training with the Lend Lease Breakers.
“Everyone is going pretty hard with pre-season training. It is good to be part of that team environment and to see everyone again. We are all pushing each other pretty hard and as a team, we really wanted to get that 10th straight WNCL title under our belts.”