Always on Tony’s mind is the death of his brother Mick who took his own life in 2005. This devastating loss motivated Tony to become a Beyond Blue National Ambassador.
Volunteering with Beyond Blue (an initiative of former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett), he successfully lobbied and encouraged the establishment of the Beyond Blue Cup. It’s a match played between the Geelong and Hawthorn Football clubs as a vehicle for using an AFL match to increase awareness and reduce the stigma associated with talking about mental health issues.
As a Beyond Blue National Ambassador, Tony regularly gives talks around the country where he gives tried and true pointers on turning depression on its side, building self-esteem by discovering the joys of becoming a giver, an adventurer and passionate volunteer.
The Beyond Blue Round is permanently in the AFL fixture and is observed, not only at the top tier but local leagues too.