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Insurance leaders help to raise over $200k for mental health

Wotton + Kearney’s Chief Executive Partner David Kearney and three other leaders of the Australian insurance industry have gone to great heights to help raise an impressive $200k for the Black Dog Institute by participating in the inaugural CEO Skydive.

David Kearney, James Baum (Aon), Damien Coates (DUAL) and Stefan Feldmann (HDI Global) were part of a group of 15 CEOs who took to the skies above North Wollongong to raise critical funds for research and programs that reduce the incidence of mental illness and suicide.

In a video taken shortly after the skydive on 30 April 2021, it was hard to tell whether the CEOs were happier about raising so much money for such a good cause or having their feet on solid ground again.

“I think it’s fair to say this experience took us all out of our comfort zones. But it was worth it because it gave us the platform to raise awareness about mental health issues and raise funds for the Black Dog Institute,” said David.

Damian Coates added: “This was an exhilarating experience for all of us. I’m so proud that of the 15 CEOs who skydived, four were from the insurance industry. It shows just how important we consider the issues of mental health.”

James Baum summed up the experience, saying: “It’s hard to choose another word other than ‘exhilarating’. I wasn’t quite sure when we got in that plane but once we edged out of that door it was amazing. I really want to thank everyone for supporting the Black Dog Institute to do what they do”.

Stefan Feldmann added: “It was unreal to be jumping out of a plane and falling through the clouds which makes you realise just how fast you fall. I also want to thank everyone for their words of encouragement and support.”

The Black Dog Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar. To find out more about the Black Dog Institute and mental health research in Australia, visit:

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