A Queensland couple who spent years combatting one of the nation’s deadliest epidemics will give up their very own house to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause, Domain reports.
To lessen the shockingly high rates of suicide in young men, Jon and Simone Morgan have placed their Coorparoo home up for auction, with all sale funds to be pumped into a program they created after the death of their own nephew Marcus Roberts to suicide several years ago.
Named Marcus Mission, the not-for-profit organisation seeks to prevent suicide in men aged from 18 to 44 – a demographic where Mr Morgan said 14 lives were claimed by suicide each week in Queensland alone, and up to 45 across the nation.
Their three-bedroom, one-bathroom home, at 72 Jellicoe Street, will go under the hammer on Saturday, March 28 at 3pm.
“We originally wanted to turn the house into a centre [for Marcus Mission] but we were never able to,” Mr Morgan said.
“So we’ve now decided to sell it and put the money into the program … It’s just a basic home and I bought it 30 years ago … But selling it gives the charity more security and more importantly it helps [our charity partners] Wesley Mission.
“Hopefully it will also save lives.”
Mr Morgan, a mental health hotline counsellor is committed to stemming the tide of young men being lost to suicide through community prevention programs that match mentors with mentees while delivering tools and skills to build resilience and cope with life challenges.
Since launching the program two years ago, he said they’d already changed lives – a result he said made every hour and dollar worth it.
Brisbane home-owners Jon and Simone Morgan are selling their house and donating the proceeds to a charity very close to their hearts. Photo: Marc Pricop