Autorama Illawarra


In Conjunction With 


3rd February 2019


“The person who completes suicide, dies once. Those left behind die a thousand deaths, trying to relive those terrible moments and understand … Why?” – Clark (2001)

“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”
Abraham Lincoln

Autorama Illawarra is a community fun day combined with one of the largest car and bike shows in NSW, for the Illawarra Region. The concept, put together by a member of both the NSW Muscle Car Club and Rotary Club of Wollongong South, with support from both clubs, is to raise funds to provide counselling support for families and friends left behind after loved ones commit suicide. This concept also incorporated the strong support of LIFELINE South Coast, who provide counselling services and actively work towards the prevention of suicide.




Statistics on Suicide in Australia

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44.


Deaths by suicide

Deaths by suicide have reached a 10-year peak.

The most recent Australian data (ABS, Causes of Death, 2012) reports deaths due to suicide at 2,535.

The overall suicide rate in 2012 was 11.0 per 100,000, compared to the 2011 rate of 9.9 per 100,000.

In 2012, 1,901 males (16.8 per 100,000) and 634 females (5.6 per 100,000) died by suicide.

This equates to almost seven deaths by suicide in Australia each day.

Men account for three out of every five deaths by suicide, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for males.

For those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, the suicide rate is 2.5 times higher for males and 3.4 times higher for females.

The most recent data (ABS, Causes of Death, 2012) shows that almost twice as many people died from suicide in Australia, than in road related transport deaths (1,310 vs 2,535).


Suicide attempts

For every completed suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt.

That’s around 200 attempts per day.

That’s more than one new attempt in Australia every 10 minutes.


Thoughts of suicide (Suicidal ideation)

It is estimated that around 250 people make a suicide plan every day.

It is estimated that around 1,000 people think about suicide every day.

With your help, we can reduce these terrible statistics.

Event Details

Dates & Times:           Sunday, 3rd  February 2019, 9:00 – 3:30 PM


Location:                      Easts Berkeley Sports Club. Northcliffe Drive, Berkeley NSW