Lee Schoombie is raising awareness for mental health and plans to raise funds to help one person cover the costs of treatment in a rehabilitation centre.
Cape Town, South Africa (26 November 2020) – Lee Schoombie is taking on three gruelling endurance challenges to raise funds to save a life. Over the course of the year, it has become clear that there are many people struggling with their mental health but unable to access the treatment needed to get through their struggles.
Lee decided that he would work towards saving a life by raising the funds needed to pay for a three-month treatment programme.
To do this, Lee is planning on completing the Freedom Swim/Robben Island Swim (7.5km swim), the extended CT Cycle Tour Route (140km cycle) and the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon (56km) in one day.
“My goal in taking on this challenge is to raise awareness of mental health issues/disorders & emotional trauma and the severe impact it has on people, to challenge everyone out there who part takes in sporting events, to dedicate their races to a cause that is close to their hearts, to give people, who are in dark places, who are hitting rock bottom some hope and inspiration – but ultimately it is to change a person’s life forever, by raising enough funds to pay for a full recovery/rehabilitation treatment.”
Lee has launched the Carlstrong Foundation in memory of his brother who was murdered 5 years ago. He hopes that through his endurance challenges, he can raise funds and awareness. He hopes to help people who have been victims of violent crime, suffer from mental illness and other emotional disorders and traumas.
“Depression, Bipolar, Mental Health disorders, PTSD, Suicide, Addiction, Alcoholism, Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorders… the list goes on.
These are all very common, yet very much stigmatized problems we ALL have to face, either directly or indirectly. These issues, sometimes debilitating, can be triggered by various ordeals and/or circumstances, but also you could simply be born with it, I’m no expert on that – but what I can say is; there is not one person that I know who doesn’t know of someone dealing with some sort of mental or emotional issue – big or small. It’s, unfortunately, a reality we need to face – but not be scared to face either. Fact is, mental and emotional disorders CAN be treated and managed – whatever it is you are dealing with and/or suffering from is not the path you have to be on forever.
Over the past few years, I have faced and dealt with, both directly and indirectly, a lot of emotional trauma and I’ve witnessed, first-hand, the severe impacts it has on individuals lives and those closest to them.”
Lee’s goal is to raise R60,000 which will go towards covering the treatment of someone in need. More specifically, someone from a low-income home who wouldn’t have the opportunity to cover the costs themselves.
If you would like to help Lee support the recovery of someone in need, you can do so via his crowdfund here.