July 22 - 28, 2018: Issue 368

Avalon Beach SLSC Boaties are going on 24 Hour row to support One Eighty and Gotcha4Life: Let's do this!

24 Hour Row for One Eighty and Gotcha4Life

Avalon parents Melissa and Nathan Wellings have organised an event in Avalon to raise funds and awareness for the One Eighty organisation – a Youth led charity focused on developing local projects to create awareness and equip teenagers and young adults with skills in mental health care. 

Nathan is one of 3 sweeps at Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club, with approx 50-60 rowers who excel in surf boats in every division you can row in and have won and won and won during the last season at local, state and national level and even represented Australia again this year in the Trans Tasman – they won that too. 

There’s something else the rowers of Avalon Beach SLSC want to win, and that’s a shift in the way we support each other through difficult times and support those who create opportunities to reach out for alternatives to help us get out of those ‘stuck’ moments.

On 18/08/2018, the Wellings and Av. Boaties will be hosting and doing a 24 hour row in the clubhouse. The rowers will commence at 10 a.m. on the 18th and row until 10 am on the 19th.

They will row on two machines, at around 14k an hour, to reach a distance target of 672 kilometres – so just past Port Macquarie and back again – in 24 hours! Or if you want to go south, that’s almost to Melbourne – in 24 hours!

There will also be some internal challenges within the 24 hour row, such as Bow versus Stroke legs.

The rowers are hoping the community will get behind this event so the maximum funds can be raised to help the great work One Eighty Avalon is doing. 

“In 2017, one of our young boat rowers took his life, which deeply affected many club and community members. “ Melissa explained this week

“We’ll row for 24 hours to demonstrate there is a 24 hour service in Lifeline that exists to meet what can also be a 24 hour battle.”

They are rowing for 24 hours as mental unwellness is a 24 hours a day health issue. They are rowing for 24 hours to remind all that there is also support 24 hours of each day too – through Lifeline and other support services. They are starting on the 18th of the 8th 2018 as there’s lots of 180’s in those numbers.

Gus Worland of Gotcha4Life has stated he’s in and will be visiting the 24 hour Marathon Row.

“We’re hoping he’ll try out one of the machines while he’s here.” Melissa says.

Local businesses who want to support or sponsor this great initiative can contact Melissa Wellings on mel_wellings@hotmail.com 

One Eighty will soon be launching a 24 Hour Row fundraising page – updates will run here as soon as we receive them. They stated on Saturday they will splitting the funds raised with Gotcha4Life – so let’s all get their backs.

In the meantime One Eighty are hosting a great event on Wednesday July 18th,‘Mood Food’;

One Eighty invites you to an evening of all things Gut Health, the Mind - Food Connection, and how to build a better relationship with your food. 

Join us for a panel discussion with special guest speakers Kale Brock (award nominated writer, producer and speaker), Layla Metcalfe (Clinical Nutritionist, Naturopath, Health Coach), Sammie Flook (Wellbeing and Mindset Coach), and Scott Gooding (Chef and Thought Leader).

Each of our speakers has a different take on nutrition and will be sharing personal, professional and clinical experience in an open and interactive discussion format. 

We will be serving a nourishing spread of healthy treats, canapés, kombucha, and teas.

The FIRST 30 people to book a ticket will receive a goodie bag with treats from Flannery’s, Prodjuice, SuperCharged Foods, a week of free yoga at Modern Movement, and more!

All welcome! So bring a friend or three and enjoy a night of yummy food, useful information and great company in Avalon!

When: Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 PM - 9 PM

Where: At Avalon Surf Club

Tickets by Eventbrite ($5.00)

About One Eighty

Youth led charity focused on developing local projects to create awareness and equip teenagers and young adults with skills in mental health care.

One Eighty’s vision is for a future free of youth suicide. For local communities to band together to provide support and opportunities to openly discuss mental health.


Basically, we're a bunch of twenty-somethings looking out for our mates on the beaches. Our initiative was born from a frustration at the lacking visibility and accessibility of mental health care in our area. And from the anger at losing too many friends to mental illness. One Eighty is youth mental health care and awareness done differently.

One Eighty is a registered Australian charity focused on preventing youth suicide. The organisation’s primary activity is to fund, develop and implement local projects that equip young adults with skills in mental health care. These projects engage through educational programs, mentoring support, referral services and life-skills training. One Eighty is primarily led by a team of dedicated and passionate young adults, ensuring the charity’s vision and actions remain evidence based, outcome specific, relevant and accessible to local young people. One Eighty also works to support youth culture, to celebrate creativity and differences, and to encourage community participation on the Northern Beaches.

Find out more at: www.oneeighty.org.au

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/oneeightyinc

About Gotcha 4 Life

Our goal is saving lives and making a significant impact in raising the mental state of boys, men and their families.

We established the ‘GOTCHA 4 Life’ Project to target Men’s Mental Health – with the goal of saving lives and making a significant impact in raising the mental state of boys, men and their families.

Check out the areas we are focusing on here: Our Pillars

We purposely impact those in need.  We apply a 5 step process to determine where to allocate our resources and seek Advisory Board counsel based on the following 5 steps to success:

  1. Start by understanding the problem/opportunity – which includes discussions with stakeholders to explore the challenges/opportunities
  2. Analyse and develop solutions
  3. Develop financial plan with impact requirements
  4. Execute and implement

Deliver amazing results and positive outcomes

Find out more here: https://gotcha4life.org/


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