For the third year running, the Blood, Sweat, and Craft Beers running team will be lacing up to take on the 14 km’s known as the City2South. Last year, the team raised a staggering amount of money for RUOK, and this year, look to top our efforts by hitting $20,000 for beyondblue, which is an outstanding resource for people suffering from depression, anxiety, and a variety of other mental maladies.
To help you all get a better idea of who we are as a group, I’m running (puns not intentional) a segment to highlight the individuals who make up this merry little gang.
Next up is Jim Gold, one of our fearless leaders!
Who are you?
My name is Jim Gold and I love running and good beer. I’ve been organising the Blood, Sweat and Craft Beers running team with Jared Palu for 4 years now. The first year (2013) three of us ran and we raised $1000. The second year it grew to about 8 people and we hit the $5000 mark. The third year we had 15 in the team and we were the highest fundraising team in the 2015 City2South, raising just over $15,000. This year, we’ve got 50 people in the team and we’re aiming for $20,000.
I’ve been lucky enough to work in Brisbane’s craft beer industry for about 4 or 5 years now. I’ve done a variety of roles but most recently I’m a sales rep for Newstead Brewing Co.
I started running about 10 years ago. To be honest, when I first started I didn’t really enjoy it and it was more of a forced fitness endeavour more than anything else. When I moved to Brisbane in 2010 I started taking it a little more seriously. I was drinking too much, was overweight and was living a generally unhealthy lifestyle. I used running to get healthy and cut some of the shit out of my life. Nowadays, I use it to stay healthy and as a socialising tool. Turns out a lot of runners are pretty rad people, and I like having rad people in my life.
I think everyone has experienced depression or anxiety in one way or another. Whether it affects them, a friend, a family member, a colleague; mental health issues for whatever reason get over looked or pushed to the side in our society, often treated as an emotional or personality flaw rather than a medical condition. Unfortunately, instead of being acknowledged people are often met with sentiments of “harden up” or “suck it up” or “why don’t you just try NOT being sad?” etc. when in reality they’re suffering through a very real condition that isn’t simply treated with some “concrete pills”.Beyond Blue do great work promoting awareness and support to help people who are suffering, be it directly or indirectly from depression or anxiety. I lost a very close friend 5 years ago who was suffering from depression, so Beyondblue is a charity close to my heart and I’m honoured to be able to fundraise for them.