Recognising that the holiday season can be challenging for many, Prince William will choose Lifeline Australia as one of three charities worldwide to receive a donation from Apple in an exclusive Christmas episode of their Time to Walk audio experience on Apple Fitness+.
In response, Lifeline CEO Colin Seery thanked The Duke of Cambridge and Apple for the significant donation and said it would allow Lifeline to increase its crisis support channels over the holiday season.
"Every single donation right now is vital to ensure we can answer every call. This incredible gift is as welcome as it is unexpected, and on behalf of Lifeline Australia, our incredible staff and volunteers, I want to express our sincere appreciation," said Mr Seery.
Time to Walk on Fitness+ is an audio experience designed to encourage people to walk more often to benefit their mental and physical health. In each episode, guests walk in a meaningful location while sharing their reflections on lessons learned, important memories, and life experiences through stories, photos, and songs.
Prince William's walk in Norfolk takes him through the Sandringham Estate, past St. Mary Magdalene Church, and eventually ends in Anmer. The episode discusses the importance of staying mentally fit, the value of listening, and an experience that led him to prioritise his mental health. Time to Walk is available on Apple Watch for subscribers to Fitness+. On Monday 6th December at 3 am and 7 pm AEST and Tuesday 7th December at 8 am AEST, Apple will stream three special airings for free on Apple Music 1.
"In a record-breaking year, this is a fantastic endorsement of the work Lifeline Australia do and I know it will be a fantastic boost for everyone as we prepare for our busiest spell."
If you, or someone you know are feeling overwhelmed, we encourage you to connect with Lifeline in the way you feel most comfortable. You can phone Lifeline to speak to a Crisis Supporter on 13 11 14 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), text 0477 131 114 (24/7) or chat to Lifeline online at www.lifeline.org.au (7pm-midnight, 7 nights).
"Tonight, tomorrow night and all through the holiday period, our crisis counsellors will be there around the clock to listen without judgement and support people to keep them safe." - Lifeline CEO Colin Seery
Lifeline is Australia's leading suicide prevention service, with 41 centres around the nation. The service expects to respond to over one million requests for support this year, creating an average of 120 safety plans to keep a person experiencing suicidal ideation safe every day. To donate to Lifeline, visit www.lifeline.org.au/donate.
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