The Gotcha4Life 24 Hour Line for mental fitness raised over $290,000 over the weekend after a record-breaking effort from 40 surf clubs and 12 gyms and schools across Australia.
With an average of 50 people at each site and more than 2,700 in total, the teams rowed from Saturday noon until Sunday noon.
The event, first organized in 2017 by Avalon Beach SLSC, is now in its fifth year and the founders of the event, Mel and Nathan Wellings couldn’t be happier with the continued growth and adoption by more clubs every year.
“We never thought we would be where we would be when we put on the event five years ago and we can’t thank everyone who participated enough this year,” said Mel.
“Having over 50 teams involved this year to raise over a quarter of a million dollars is incredible and we are so happy that all of these communities, like ours, can benefit from the mental fitness programs and workshops offered by Gotcha4Life. We have had a number in our club now and they make a difference, they are very powerful.
The event not only raises funds for Gotch4Life, but it is also the perfect opportunity for clubs to open their doors to their community, bring members together after winter and unite all sectors of their clubs.
The participants, some as young as two years old and as young as 80, tackled the 24-hour period as a team. Whether they were rowing for 15 minutes or aiming to beat personal physical bests up to 100km, every distance and financial contribution played a part in making the difference.
Together, the rowers were passionate about taking action to help create a suicide-free future.
Steve Pearce, CEO of Surf Life Saving NSW is a strong supporter and participant. He visited a number of clubs and rowed twice over the weekend. He said it was amazing to see the event grow every year.
“To see so many surf clubs, gyms and schools across Australia and even people overseas rowing together, coming together to do a common cause and help their communities is wonderful,” he said. he declares.
“I’m so proud that the organization commits every year and I really applaud everyone who participated in this year’s event.”
Callan Nickerson and Stockton SLSC got involved for the first year and said, “We were eager to get involved, to involve the community and our members. We have 35 rowers participating to make sure we get great service for the community.
Palm Beach SLSC’s Peter Spence who participated for the second year said it was a great way to bring the club together.
“I think the camaraderie is great. It helps build the culture and get the season off to a good start, we have new members and committee members on board. We use it to knock everyone off, get to know each other, and have a big breakfast in the morning. It helps build the culture and it’s good to support the cause,” he said.
Kai Cooper of Mona Vale SLSC said it was the perfect way for surf clubs to get together before the season.
“It’s a great event, seeing everyone, whether it’s competitors, patrol members, a mom bringing her kids to the clamps, they can all jump on it and have a fight and be part of a community initiative , that’s good,” he said.
Gotcha4Life mental fitness programs and workshops will begin rolling out to participating clubs in the coming months. Neighboring clubs are also encouraged to invite members and their communities to attend (see video below on Tomorrow Man and Tomorrow Woman workshops delivered at Avalon Beach SLSC). Learn more about the programs here.
Participating Clubs NSW 2022
North Coast: Coffs Harbor SLSC, Sawtell SLSC, Woolgoolga SLSC
Mid North Coast: Crescent Head SLSC, South West Rocks SLSC
Central Coast/Hunter: MacMasters SLSC, Wamberal SLSC, Stockton SLSC
Northern beaches: Avalon Beach SLSC, Freshwater SLSC, Long Reef SLSC, Mona Vale SLSC, North Curl Curl SLSC, South Curl Curl SLSC, Palm Beach SLSC
Sydney: Coogee SLSC, Clovelly SLSC, Elouera SLSC, Era SLSC, Maroubra SLSC, North Cronulla SLSC, South Maroubra SLSC, Wanda SLSC
Illawarra: Port Kembla SLSC
South coast and extreme south: Kiama SLSC, Bermagui SLSC, Pambula SLSC, Tathra SLSC
Thursday, September 15, 2022