3249 BLIND

By Ben Pettingill Join Me

My Activity Tracking


My target 3249 kms

I'm fundraising for...

...every life lost to suicide in Australia.

G'day! I'm Ben.

I'm just a blind bloke on a mission to to run 3,249km in 2024 to honour the 3,249 lives lost to suicide in Australia in 2022. On average, we lose 9 lives a day to suicide which means I'll be running, on average, 9km a day every day in 2024.

I lost 98% of my eyesight overnight at age 16 to a rare genetic syndrome and know first hand what it is like to battle my mental health. Over a decade on, I still have my ups and downs as I navigate life as a blind father, husband, business owner and mate. It took me a long time to learn that it was okay to speak up about how I was feeling and that speaking up is far better than bottling it up.

This is why I've chosen to support TIACS as I run 1km for every life lost to suicide in Australia. Most of my closest mates are the people who TIACS provide free counselling services for and I want them, and all the tradie, truckie, farmer and blue collar workers out there, to know that they don't have to tough it out alone.

Rain, hail or shine, your mental health is with you all year 'round so that's why I'll be running 3,249kms over the year no matter the weather.

Thanks so much for your support.



Thank you to my Sponsors


Planet Plumbing

Go Ben You’re an inspiration!!!


Planet Plumbing Footscray Hospital Employees

Plumbers supporting Ben on his amazing journey, go Ben!


Robyn, Lilly & The Sussan Group

Thank you for your efforts! We are happy to support you and be part of your impactful work. All the best!


Maher Refrigeration & Electrical

You’re an amazing person doing great things! Well done and keep going


Brendon & Joan Smith

We're with you Ben every step of the way!


Browns Sawdust & Shavings

Ben, I don’t you but what you are doing is a wonderful achievement by you.


Erin Horsnell


Joshua Robson (& Ylead)

Donated on behalf of Joshua Robson for speaking at our 2024 Australian Student Leadership Conference


Tracey Carrington

You are always an inspiration Ben. Wishing all the best meeting this amazing challenge!!


Emma Jaques

Hey Ben, I lost my dad to suicide and nearly lost myself to it too… what you are doing is something I can’t right now but would like to join you in the future in honour of my dad ❀️


Dolores Decaria

You’re such an inspiration. Good luck πŸ’™


Desma Curtis

Great cause Ben! Well done!


Brendon And Joan Smith

Best wishes for a great journey


Allison Harrington

You’re an amazing individual Ben. Love your work!! Great cause.


Sue Coates

I have always turned to running to help me cope with difficult times in my life. It’s meditation on the move. Good luck.


Pettingill 360

Cheers to the teachers and Year 12 students of Northcote High School for having me!


Tim And Sue Pettingill

So proud of you mate. It’s an amazing thing you are doing.


Debra Fabris

Well done!


Pettingill 360

Thanks to the teachers and grade 5 & 6 students from St Pauls The Apostle Primary School for having me


Pettingill 360

Cheers to the staff & Year 11 students at St Francis Catholic College for having me present this morning!


Pettingill 360

Cheers to the staff & students from Elsternwick Primary School for having me present this morning. Legends!


Glenn And Linda Brandt

You never fail to amaze us, fantastic effort.


Sally & Steve Looney


Russell Smith

Well done and good luck Ben. Great effort!


Ronald John Tully Iii

Rip in Champion! ♥️




Julie And Russell Lamb

Inspirational Ben.


Antoinette & Shane Mann


Luke & Paula Ridsdale

Dear Ben, You are simply amazing & such a good human πŸ’ͺ🏻 Good luck with the km’s


Grandma & Grandpa


Michael And Judi Smith

Incredible challenge! May the effort be rewarded with heaps of funds raised to support good mental health


Hayden Smith

Love your work B!



All the best Ben!!! I am in awe of your mission, best of luck with it all and hope you get all the support you need!



Well done to you Ben 🩡


Asv Earthworks Pty Ltd

Amazing job Ben - very inspirational- You've got this! Adrian & Simone


Kris Toomey

Thanks for raising awareness. I lost my son to suicide in 2022. Well done Ben. You are an inspiration ❀️


K Woodward

What an inspiration you will be to your daughter as she grows up ❀




Tori Masten

Could not be prouder of everything you do Ben. You are an unstoppable force. πŸŽ‰πŸ™


Cyndi Cullen

Great work Ben…….you are amazing! An inspiration to many.



Thanks for raising awareness, and for raising funds to do something about it. Going slowly is still gaining ground! Keep at it, Ben!


Chrissy Chiodo



Yes BEN! Love your work mate!


Rosie Van Vloten


Katie Freak

Great work Ben and for a great cause too!


Sheridan Letchford

Absolutely inspiring what you’re achieving πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ. All the best in hitting your goal.