AFL Grand Final Field Umpire Ray Chamberlain and his brothers Peter and Brian have launched their own charitable foundation to help fund much needed work in the areas of mental health amongst young people, prevention of suicide and also support for returned service men and women and those that work on the front line of our emergency services.
All the guys have been touched by the impacts of mental health and after undertaking a wide range of fundraising and advocacy over recent years in the area of mental health, are focusing their efforts on supporting Lifeline via a number of events and fundraising challenges.
When we caught up with Ray earlier this week he remarked that, “both of my brothers have been touched in some way by post traumatic stress disorder among our friends and colleagues. We live in different states now for work purposes and the Foundation ensures that we will have a single bond and a meaningful focus for getting together more regularly than we have done in the past. Life today is so fast paced we need to take stop and take stock.” Ray went on to say, “if you look at our planned signature events this year, a luncheon, a ride and a walk you might say, well that’s pretty simple and not really challenging. The devil is in the detail. The ride is from Canberra to the MCG. The hike is from the NSW south coast to the top of Australia’s tallest mountain. The idea is simple enough. The events get us, as brothers, together. We hope that they will be iconic and most importantly, they are fun.”
Ray will be holding the inaugural The Brothers Lunch – Melbourne on Wednesday the 9th March 2016 from noon at Zinc – Federation Square to launch the Chamberlain Foundation.
Former Australian Test cricketer Damien Fleming will be the guest speaker.
The AFLUA is supporting Ray with his Foundation and encourages current and past members to come along. Please see the flyer below.
Tickets to the launch can be purchased by following this link – http://trybooking.com/KKVT
You can find out more about the Chamberlain Foundation at Chamberlain Foundation