Virgin Australia's unusual workout
Published: 11 September, 2017
In support of Exercise Your Mood, Virgin Australia team members gloved up and pulled a plane across the tarmac in an epic fundraising challenge.
On Sunday 10th September, Virgin Australia staff rallied behind the Black Dog Institute’s annual Exercise Your Mood campaign by hauling a Boeing 737 across 50 meters of tarmac at Virgin Australia’s Engineering Hangar in Brisbane.
Eight teams of 20 people faced off in the challenge, with the group who pulled the plane across the line in the fastest time crowned the champions. We are happy to report that the brilliantly named Planey McPlaneface took out the top nod in 2017!
Exercise Your Mood is the Black Dog Institute’s flagship annual campaign which encourages Australians to get active to improve their mental wellbeing. While not everyone has access to a 41,145kg aeroplane, the event is a great reminder that exercise can take many different forms and we can all take the first step to boosting our mood through physical activity.
The event also coincided with World Suicide Prevention Day, with Virgin Australia raising funds to support Black Dog Institute’s education and outreach programs in communities across Australia.
The festivities included jumping castles, face-painting, and food trucks, certainly a crowd pleaser with over 400 supporters showing up for the big spectacle. This included the amazing support of (pictured below) former Gold Coast Titans stars David Shillington and Nathan Friend, and former GWS Giants ruck and mental health advocate Tom Downie.
Find out how you can Exercise Your Mood here or how you can take on your own challenge or make a donation here
Emily Cook, Black Dog Institute, 0455 100 277 or send an email