16 February 2021

Building Mentally Fit Communities and Saving Lives

In March, the Head Above Water 24 Hour Swimathon returns to Collaroy Rockpool for the third year, after raising over $160,000 for mental fitness programs in 2019 and 2020.This year, barring any unforeseen lockdowns, the swimmer participation and fundraising total promises to be even bigger.

The 2021 swim begins at 8am on Saturday, March 20th and will finish at 8am on Sunday, March 21st. There are four lanes to cater for all levels of swimming ability and people can choose to swim as many, or as few laps as they like. Every swimmer has the opportunity to raise money via their own sponsorship page or can form a team to raise even more money.

Over the last two years, Head Above Water has partnered with Gotcha4Life (founded by TV and Radio personality, Gus Worland), to help fund mental fitness workshops including Tomorrow Man, Tomorrow Woman and Man Anchor, for Northern Beaches schools, sports clubs, businesses and community groups. To date, more than 6,000 people have participated in workshops, creating a real positive impact on the peninsula.

The success of Head Above Water is best summed up by Gus himself, who says, “The Head Above Water swim is one of the best 24 hours our community can experience. With so much money and awareness raised, it’s an amazing day and it’s just the start of a beautiful partnership between Head Above Water and Gotcha4Life.”

Head Above Water is an activity-based fundraising group on a mission to create mentally fit communities. Founded in response to the high rate of suicide on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and the mental health challenges faced by many in the community, Head Above Water believe that harnessing the power of a positive, supportive network is the most effective way we can make a difference.

Konica Minolta is again supporting the Head Above Water 24 hour Swimathon and will have a number of swimmers in this event. 

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Head Above Water Founder and Gotcha4Life Ambassador, Andrew Ward on 0420 741 167 or email him at admin@headabovewater.com.au