Port Lincoln to host Roady 4 Roadies event

HIT THE ROAD: Jane Intini has organised a Roady 4 Roadies event in Port Lincoln on April 5.
HIT THE ROAD: Jane Intini has organised a Roady 4 Roadies event in Port Lincoln on April 5.

Port Lincoln will get to show its support for the mental health of people who work behind the scenes of the live event industry with the 'Roady 4 Roadies' event on April 5.

In 13 locations across Australia on April 5, Roady 4 Roadies walks will be held to raise money and awareness of the mental health issues roadies and production crew members face.

The Port Lincoln event will be held from 12 noon to 2.30pm with people meeting on the lawns opposite the Port Lincoln Hotel before walking about 2.5 kilometres to the Port Lincoln Yacht Club and back.

The Port Lincoln Lions Club will put on a barbecue and people can then gather in Sarin's Bar for a special performance from Andy Seymour.

Organiser Jane Intini was involved in the original Adelaide event when Roady 4 Roadies began last year, and was on the national public relations committee for it last year before moving to Port Lincoln in August.

Ms Intini said she had worked behind the scenes for live events, including as a roady over a period of about 35 years and felt it was an important cause to get behind.

"I couldn't let the opportunity pass to have one here in Port Lincoln because Port Lincoln has a rich history in music and arts and many touring artists and particularly their crew has performed here in the past," she said.

"Crew (roadies) are the people that make the live music industry run, without the crew the live events you like to go to don't happen, they are unseen and work incredibly hard."

Ms Intini said she had jumped to be involved with the cause after two of her friends, both crew members, took their own lives in the past 10 years.

"Both had sustained injuries and were unable to work in the industry they loved and it took a mental health toll on both men, sadly they ended up taking their own lives," she said.

To register for the walk visit www.roady4roadies.com, click events, choose Port Lincoln from the drop-down men and follow the prompts.

All participants receive a free t-shirt.

If you or someone you know needs support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit the Lifeline website www.lifeline.org.au.