Kayo 1000 Miles to Light event raises $65,000 to help support the mental health of young Aussies

21 Sep 2021

In its inaugural year, the organisers of the Kayo 1000 Miles to Light event are pleased to announce that through the event $65,000 has been raised in support of youth mental health organisation ReachOut.

This amazing achievement is with thanks to the event's sponsor Kayo Sports, Caruso’s Natural Health, MayurResourcess and Suunto, along with logistical support from the Australian Army and the local community of Singleton for welcoming the activity.

All of the money raised will help ReachOut continue to provide mental health support for young people across Australia. This is a particularly significant cause right now with young people and their families being heavily impacted by the impacts of COVID-19.

Ashley de Silva, Chief Executive Officer of ReachOut, said he was inspired by the runners and communities who embraced Kayo 1000 Miles to Light.

“It was incredible to see communities across the country come together to support the Kayo 1000 Miles to Light event. This significant donation will allow ReachOut to provide support for even more young people and their parents when it comes to their mental health.” Mr de Silva said.

“ReachOut sends a big thank you to Pat Farmer AM, Event Director, and the entire Kayo 1000 Miles to Light team. We also want to thank all of their supporters who are helping to ensure that young people have access to resources to support their mental health, both now and into the future”.

1000 Miles to Light will run again in 2022, seeing 10 teams from around the globe race from Broken Hill to Byron Bay.



Brooke Farmer/ brooke.1000miles@gmail.com / +61 (0) 416 235 867


Kayo 1000 Miles to Light seeks to provide an opportunity to reconnect and to inspire through endurance running. 

This event is a relay footrace that will see two teams of four; one from Australia and one from the USA, complete 1000 miles in just 10 days. For the very first time, this ultra-race between two teams, will test limits of endurance, commitment and determination - all in the name of raising awareness of and funds for youth mental health service, ReachOut. 

The inaugural event, with logistical support provided by the Australian Army,  involved four of the country’s top ultra-athletes, who pushed their bodies to the limits. On team Australia was Pole to Pole adventurer, Pat Farmer AM. In 2012, Pat Farmer ran from the North Pole to the South Pole, through the Americas, clocking over 20,000 kilometres. 

Alongside the Australian adventurer were marathon runners Greta Truscott, Justin McDonald and Deirdre Hopkins. 

On Team USA was marathon man Dean Karnazes, known for running 50 marathons in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days. Alongside the marathon man were athletes Samantha Pruitt, Shan Riggs and Katie Visco.


ReachOut is the most accessed online mental health service for young people and their parents in Australia. Their trusted self-help information, peer-support program and referral tools save lives by helping young people be well and stay well. The information they offer parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers, too.

ReachOut has been championing wider access to mental health support since they launched their online service more than 20 years ago. Everything they create is based on the latest evidence and is designed with experts, and young people or their parents. That’s why ReachOut is a trusted, relevant service that’s so easy to use.

Accessed by more than 2 million people in Australia each year, ReachOut is a free service that’s available anytime and pretty much anywhere.