Locals help to Splash the Stigma around mental health

The Cobar Mudfish team of Axel Fairfull, Nick Hodges, Raymond Jones, Abby Fairfull,
Skyla Fairfull, (Wendy Robinson), Greg McKervey, Lucas Hardy, Jordan Cappai, Bianka
Jacobson and Leah Le Lievre (absent from the photo) raised $5,000 to splash the stigma
and support youth mental health.


A group of 10 locals has raised $5,000
and swam almost 30km over the weekend
to help Batyr ‘Splash the Stigma’ surrounding
mental health.
Batyr has been working with Cobar youth
since 2014 to provide a supportive environment
where talking about mental health is
encouraged and supported.
The organisation is run by young people for
young people.
This year Batyr teamed up again with
Budgy Smuggler to hold the ‘Splash the Stigma’
The fundraiser gives participants the chanceto feel the positive benefits of exercise on
their wellbeing, to have fun and also raise
vital funds to support youth mental health.
The $5,000 raised by the Cobar group
(headed up by Cobar Athletics & Triathlon
Squad club president Greg McKervey) will
help put 200 young people through a Batyr
mental health program.
Greg said he was approached by Batyr supporter
Wendy Robinson to take part in this
year’s fundraiser.
“I value Wendy and her family’s involvement
with Batyr and I decided to do this as a
sign of respect,” Greg said.
And from the aspect of his job as a police
detective, Greg said he understood the importance
of good mental health and the need
to get help before it gets too far out of hand.