WE DID IT!
Thank you to everyone who came along to the first fund-raising Waterline awareness event. To all of you who are Supporters, Sponsors, Ambassadors and Patrons – thank you. And to Manly Life Saving Club! Also to the Waterline TEAM, and of course, last but not least, to the Hon Tony Abbott MP who cycled to the Club and gave up his own Saturday morning to help us out.
On the 12th November, Australia introduced our new national charity event at Manly Life Saving Club. The Waterline Challenge. It is the brainchild of three times childhood cancer survivor Julian Day, as his way of giving back.
Thanks to the generosity of the Manly Life Saving Club and with the help of Mr Abbott and our Ambassadors including Liesl Tesch AM, Matt Levy OAM, and Tony Bonner compering the proceedings (Man from Snowy River) we made a fantastic start to help in raising awareness for this national event.
We even had whales breaching off the beach (thumbs up from the coastline so far!) to get the morning off to a high note. This was captured on video along with the rest of the event, while also being broadcast on Facebook Live. Look out for this on You Tube if you would like to share the morning with us.
Over the next 48 hours Australians took to the waterways and coastlines to raise money for 12 amazing charities. Swimming, walking, kayaking and even horse-riding!
The aim for 2017 will be to cover the length of the coastline of Australia (52,000 kms!) with our collective efforts.
Guy Leech explained what it is all about on Channel 7’s The Morning Show (watch this great interview!) and Matt Levy OAM followed that up with another exceptional interview on The Daily Edition while our other Ambassadors spread the word on various radio shows and print media throughout the week.
We align ourselves with World Kindness Day which takes place on the 13th November each year, and President Michael Lloyd White said a few words about this growing global movement now in 28 countries throughout the world. Explaining why, in times of diversity of opinions politically and economically, that kindness remains a key factor in creating a more harmonious world.
Our Twitter/Instagram campaign #makeasplash is getting some famous faces involved. Mr Abbott got into the spirit of it all to get the ball rolling! Our SnapChat Geofilter proved popular too.
Make sure you post a ‘splash’ selfie or photo on our Instagram or Twitter accounts. @waterline.challenge for Insta, or @waterlineCF for Twitter.
Then it was the time for the ‘official’ launch and ribbon cutting to get WATERLINE off the mark. Mr Abbott did the honours with Tony Bonner watching on.
One of our sponsors Newsmaker‘s Leila Henderson flew in especially to support our launch and we thank her, and our other recent major sponsor SEOfast for their generous involvement which will undoubtedly help Waterline grow to the next level. Thanks Tony Kellie of SEOfast and Leila, CEO of Newsmaker!
Dr Bronwyn Cooper, Barefoot Science, advocate and supporter of Waterline was on hand to advise why good footwear and resulting better posture can help reduce pain. Kick off the high heels ladies (at least while you are walking along the waterways for Waterline!) and check out their website for some good advice.
In future alongside our charities, we will be raising funds for grants to improve water quality, marine conservation and environmental projects around Australia.
Keep an eye on this blog for updates and further information about this and any other developments.
Thank you to everyone at Team Waterline also for making this all possible, too many names to mention but every contribution has played a huge part in getting us this far!
Next year, we will introduce a free ‘app’ that will tot up the kms we all manage to cover over the Waterline Weekend and an opportunity to fund-raise throughout the year, alongside a game you won’t want to put down!
This is a very Australian initiative and a great way for people to raise money for a charity of their choice whether it is Surf Life Saving Australia, Soldier On, Starlight Children’s Foundation there is something for everyone to get behind.
So TEAM UP AUSTRALIA, and get behind this so we can show the world what Aussies can do!
And as a P.S. THANK you to Layne Beachley for her SUP Paddle on the Gold Coast, to support the Waterline Challenge. Layne’s foundation Aim for the Stars is one of our nominated Charities.
And another special ‘shout out’ to another of our partner charities Horse Rescue Australia who have been amazing in their enthusiasm, and support and definitely helped Waterline Challenge #makeasplash !
And finally time to relax, before we start getting ready for our next event! Thank you again to everyone involved in the amazing Waterline Weekend Challenge!