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NSW State of Origin star Tom “Turbo” Trbojevic is heading to the Hunter this month to throw his support behind local suicide prevention services.

The 2021 Dally M winner will be the guest speaker at iFin Capital’s Back to Business luncheon, at the Merewether Surfhouse on Tuesday 30 November, that’ll raise funds for Lifeline Hunter.

Trbojevic will talk to leaders about drivers for success and the lessons for business from how he and other professional sportspeople survived and managed the impacts of COVID-19.

When he’s not on the field, the Manly Sea Eagle is a partner with finance brokerage firm iFin Capital.

He is a qualified finance broker and completing a double degree in applied finance and economics at Macquarie University.

“COVID-19 has been challenging for many Hunter businesses, particularly for those operating across state borders,” Trbojevic said.

“Having the right finance structure gives you a competitive advantage to win in business, including getting back to business post COVID-19.

“Just like on the footy field, to get the right outcomes businesses need to be in a position to make the right moves and have flexibility.”

Proceeds from the luncheon will support Lifeline Hunter’s suicide prevention and crisis support services.

Lifeline’s business development manager Pat Calabria said having good mental health awareness was important on the sporting field and in business.

He explained calls to the service were up 25% to their highest ever levels, and many people continued to struggle post lockdown.

“COVID-19 has impacted Lifeline’s revenue to run its free local services at a time when demand for support is up, so we are very grateful to Tom and iFin Capital for their support,” Mr Calabria said.

“Lifeline provides training to businesses to help staff to be able to break down the stigma around mental health and give them skills to support themselves, colleagues and members of our community.”

Trbojevic won the 2021 Dally M Medal for best and fairest player despite missing the first five games due to injury.

He went on to score a club record of 28 tries in just 18 matches.

The 25-year-old has played for Australia and donned a Blues’ jersey eight times.

While playing for both Australia in junior representative teams, Trbojevic gained an ATAR of 94.3 in his HSC

In addition to the Dally M accolade, he was also named the 2021 NRL Academic Player of the Year.

Tickets for sportsman-style lunch at the Merewether Surfhouse are $150.

This includes a two-course meal and three-hour beverage package.

Tickets are available from www.stickytickets.com.au

For information on Lifeline services including business training, visit www.lifelinehunter.org.au

For 24-hour crisis support, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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