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Tennis comp in memory of Jayden Chittick

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A memorial tennis event will be held in Ulladulla this month in memory of avid tennis player Jayden Chittick who lost his battle with the black dog in November, aged 25 years.

The Inaugural Jayden Chittck Open will raise funds for the Black Dog Foundation which supports those battling mental health issues.

The tournament will consist of a 32-team mixed doubles competition at the Milton Tennis Courts from 11am on January 23.

Friend Jason Linke says Jayden could always be found on the tennis court at this time of year and he enjoyed attending the Australian open with his mum Lynne.

Jayden's friends have organised this day to celebrate his life and to raise funds and awareness for The Black Dog Foundation.

His mate Khy Whitford says Jayden always loved ensuring all his friends and peers were included, never leaving anybody out.

"What better way to make sure everybody is around than doing one of things he loved most!"

Khy said The Black Dog Foundation does extraordinary work in mental health throughout all stages of life using evidence-based research.

"With suicide being the leading cause of deaths in Australians aged 18-44, it is imperative that this research is continued and ultimately implemented in the form of suicide prevention initiatives," he added.

"This will in turn lead to better mental health outcomes for individuals at risk of suicide, their families, friends and the wider community."

Jayden's mum Lynne says she will cherish memories of attending the Sydney and Australian Open tournaments with her son forever and has thanked his friends for arranging the local event.

"A lot of people have asked how they can help us. The reply I want to give everyone is "bring him back" but alas that is something no one can do," she said.

"What would be wonderful is if you could support Jay's friends to raise money for the Black Dog Institute by donating any amount small or large. 

"I am so proud of Jay's friends for the young men and women they have grown to be. Jay loved them all so much and he would be humbled and chuffed to know that they want to remember him and raise funds to help stop that "black dog" from coming into our lives.

"We miss him every day and know he would give everyone the big thumbs up for their efforts."

So far, more than $3000 has been raised.

To donate, click HERE.

If you need help, call Lifeline 13 11 14.

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Tags: ulladulla, black dog foundation, tennis