New record set at mental health fundraiser

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Aiden Campers set out to raise money for mental health, but he came away a new record holder at the conclusion of Sunday’s Mount Keira Challenge.

The HSC student finished the 6.5 kilometre cycle challenge in 17:15 minutes – 12 seconds ahead of his nearest opponent.

Event organiser Rob Battocchio said the climb was professionally timed and Aiden’s achievement was significant because thousands of cyclists have tested themselves on the course.

“It was a competitive hill climb for those who wanted to do it as a time trial,” Mr Battocchio said.

“And [Aiden] is someone to look to the future as a potential international class rider.”

18-year-old Aiden was one of 100 cyclists to tackle the challenge, while more than 250 runners and walkers participated in the five kilometre fun run.

The event, which was established last year by South Coast Private, helped raise around $3,500 for FearLess Outreach.

FearLess Outreach is a support network for individuals who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

South Coast Private and FearLess Outreach have a strong association, with the mental health facility dedicating an entire floor to PTSD patients earlier this year.

Mr Battocchio said there was plenty of positive feedback from people saying they wanted the Keira Challenge to continue as an annual event.

“We wanted to create an event at Mount Keira that was challenging and we wanted to activate the community to get fit for a cause,” he said.

“I think we have achieved that goal. I am rapt with the effort of the local community who have supported the event.

“The largest corporate group was South Coast Private which had over 20 walkers and joggers and half a dozen volunteers, including the CEO.”

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