“Travis was a very close member to the club and every time he touched the track he was racing and jumping, that’s just what he did.”
COVER PIC: Ride for Tray, the special event to raise awareness to the stigma of Mental Health. (Pic courtesy of MadB Photography)
Over the first weekend of August, the Beenleigh BMX Club held their inaugural Send It Like Trav event to remember and celebrate the life of Travis Kramer.
A young man from the Logan City BMX Club in Queensland, who tragically lost his battle with mental health in January.
The BMXA family from around Australia came together to help the club raise awareness of an issue that is the cause of a third of young male deaths in Australia.
BMXA Family gather for Trav. (PIC: MadB Photography)
In 2016, 41,000 people aged 12-17 attempted to take their lives and suicide rates for 15 to 24-years-olds are at their highest rate in 10 years. (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016)
So, you can see why Beenleigh and the BMX community are striving to ensure that young people know that ‘It ain’t weak to speak’.
There were 315 riders and their families who came together to remember the young man that was taken way too soon. Speaking with Beenleigh’s club registrar Sharon Stewart, the message was clear.
Let’s nip this in the bud so we can protect and look after our young people in Australia.
“The idea came from us wanting to give something back to the Kramers and the Memorial Day was the perfect idea. We wanted to let kids know that it’s okay to open up and be able to talk about their problems. It is all about trying to have a permanent solution to a terrible issue,” Stewart said.
The day was filled with what Travis loved to do, riders racing and jumping, all enjoying themselves as he did. All money raised throughout the day was donated to Livin, an organisation whose sole ambition is to break the stigma on mental health.
If you would like to know more about Livin – CLICK HERE and understand why they are trying to stop these tragic losses from occurring.
The club is still counting the funds but so far, they have donated $2,500 to Livin as well as the auctioning off of a Sam Willoughby signed jersey which sold for $3,000.
“The club hasn’t put a completed number on it yet,” Stewart continued.
“All our classes were sponsored, and it was all because everyone wants to stop these tragic losses from happening.”
Travis had many friends from his own club and right around Queensland. The social media from the event has been prolific with endless amounts of support to the Kramer family. See for yourself below.
The racing throughout the day is a mark of what the event meant for many people and there is no doubt that Travis would have been watching.
To see a wrap up of the results – CLICK HERE.
“The atmosphere was awesome, and people absolutely loved the jump comp,” Stewart said.
Trav #16 Jump Competition (PIC: MadB Photography)
“Travis loved BMX and we thought it was the perfect way to remember him”
The event is something that the Beenleigh BMX Club will continue to do as an annual event which is all about encouraging young people to speak up and break the stigma on mental health issues.
If you are struggling or know of anyone in need of help, please give Lifeline Australia a ring on 13 11 14, It ain’t weak to speak!