Capril is coming! Like moustaches are to Movember, so are capes to Capril. Capril began as a silly joke, created by Tony Martin, Ed Kavalee and Richard Marsland as part of the ‘Get This’ radio show. Then in 2008, when Richard Marsland took his own life, it turned into a serious fundraising caper (pun intended!). The aim of Capril is to educate people on what depression is, how it can be treated, and where help is available. The aim is also to help to remove the stigma surrounding depression (and other mental illness). Capril is now an official partner of beyondblue: the national depression initiative, raising funds to support their valuable work.
All sorts of groups will be running fundraising days where people wear capes and donate money that goes to beyondblue: the national depression initiative, supporting their excellent work in the area of mental illness.
People are encouraged throughout the month of April to wear capes and take photos of themselves doing everyday things, then send those photos into the website. There is an exciting giveaway for the best photo sent in. Everyone is encouraged to do it on their own.
I am one of three people organising this event for 2011, so feel free to ask me any questions about it. I have the school I teach at getting involved which is very exciting! The students will come to school dressed in capes for a day in April and donate money to help fight depression.