HAVING prevailed in a battle with severe depression, Ipswich mobile travel agent Jamie Cooper now has his sights set on conquering a series of much more physical challenges.
The 32-year-old Redbank Plains resident is in training for the Bridge to Brisbane event on September 7 - but that only represents the first step in his mission.
In the next few weeks he will ramp up both his fitness and his fundraising for beyondblue, an organisation which helps people suffering from depression.
"I attempted suicide late last year but did not follow through - mainly because of the counselling and support I received at the time," Mr Cooper said.
"I have set up a team with three people but I would like to add a few more. Our aim is to raise a minimum of $1000."
While not a fitness freak by any stretch, Mr Cooper is determined to improve.
He will only take part in the 5km walk this year, but plans to work his way up to the 10km run in 2015.
"This is the just the first stage of an overall challenge to complete the Kokoda Track in 2016," Mr Cooper said.
"I will be taking group of people over there with me through my business."
Mr Cooper and his team are looking to hold fundraising events during the next few weeks.
Anyone interested in joining the team or helping with fundraising can phone Mr Cooper on 0435 813 933.
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