DibbsBarker raises funds for mental health research

Date: 29 August 2017

A team of 30 partners and staff from DibbsBarker’s Brisbane office took part in the annual Bridge to Brisbane charity run on 27 August, raising funds for QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

Now in its 21st year, the Bridge to Brisbane event challenges participants to tackle either a 10km or 5km course through the Brisbane CBD, passing some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and crossing the Story Bridge.

Placing in the top 10 fundraising teams, the DibbsBarker crew raised more than $10,000 to support QIMR Berghofer’s research into mental health. In the lead up to the event, DibbsBarker’s Brisbane office hosted a seminar at which Dr Guy Barry, head of the Neurogenomics Laboratory at QIMR Berghofer, shared insights about his work relating to the importance of work-life balance from a cognitive perspective.

“It was a privilege to hear first-hand how our fundraising efforts will help QIMR Berghofer’s valuable research into mental health,” said Angela Brookes, partner and member of DibbsBarker’s Bridge to Brisbane team. “With statistics indicating that lawyers are more likely than other professionals to experience depression, we wanted to do something that would have a tangible impact on improving mental health and promoting mental wellbeing in the workplace. The Bridge to Brisbane event gave our team an opportunity to support an excellent cause while enjoying a great day.”

While this marks the first time DibbsBarker has raised funds for the mental health research program at QIMR Berghofer, the firm has a proud history of fundraising for QIMR Berghofer’s cancer research through the Ride to Conquer Cancer cycling event which ran from 2011-2015.

“We are tremendously grateful to all of the DibbsBarker staff who took part in the run and everyone who supported them,” said Professor Michael Breakspear, head of QIMR Berghofer’s Mental Health Research Program. “The money raised will help us in our quest to develop new and better ways of diagnosing and treating debilitating conditions like depression and bipolar disorder.”

QIMR Berghofer is a world-leading research institute focusing on cancer, mental health, infectious diseases and chronic disorders. With over 600 scientists and support staff and a history spanning more than 70 years, QIMR Berghofer is committed to translating its research discoveries into prevention strategies, new diagnostics and better treatments that save lives.

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Parks | Communications Manager
+61 2 8233 9704

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