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We Did It!
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Denis Moteit
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Channel 7 News Wide Bay – Hervey Bay

 

 

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7 News covers Fund Raising Coastal Trek
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WATCH:

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1.8kviews and rising!   Watch as Julian Day outlines the ups and downs of trekking along the coastline.

Denis Moteit of Hervey Bay Rotary Club and Tanya Stevenson, CEO of Neighbourhood Centre show their appreciation for the fund-raisers and the locals who have supported this great cause.

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Hervey Bay Sunrise Rotary Member

$3000 raised so far, exceeding expectations. The Centre is very appreciative of the generous donations of time and money for this successful, local program.

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Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Youth Centre
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We Did It!

 

 

A FEW PHOTOGRAPHS OF THEIR JOURNEY

A few photos to show what they have been getting  up to!  Full cover when they all return from the trip.  Look out for Preetie’s ‘tell all’ Diary!

Safe to say, it has been a long and challenging journey.  But they are all still standing!

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Sea Eagle Keeping An Eye On Things

 

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Ultimate Camping on Rainbow Beach
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Jolly Making Breakfast!
Jolly Making Breakfast!

 

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Preetie Hydrating And A Much Needed Stretch

 

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Don’t Step On The Jelly Fish

Dr Bronwyn Cooper

 

 

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Dr Bronwyn Cooper Podiatrist Extraordinaire Giving An Helping Hand

 

Farewell Fraser Island
Good Bye Fraser Island

 

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Access Beach By Bottom!
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Beautiful Moonlit Walk
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2016 Waterline Challange is launched at Manly Life Saving Club by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott Waterlinechallenge.org #makeasplash
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2016 Waterline Challange is launched at Manly Life Saving Club by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott Waterlinechallenge.org #makeasplash
2016 Waterline Challange is launched at Manly Life Saving Club by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott Waterlinechallenge.org #makeasplash
2016 Waterline Challange is launched at Manly Life Saving Club by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott Waterlinechallenge.org #makeasplash
2016 Waterline Challange is launched at Manly Life Saving Club by former Prime Minister Tony Abott Waterlinechallenge.org #makeasplash
2016 Waterline Challange is launched at Manly Life Saving Club by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott Waterlinechallenge.org #makeasplash
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2016 Waterline Challange is launched at Manly Life Saving Club by former Prime Minister Tony Abott Waterlinechallenge.org #makeasplash
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Waterline Makes a Splash at Manly Life Saving Club with Tony Abbott MP

                        

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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.

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Julian Day, The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Tony Bonner, Liesl Tesch AM, Matt Levy OAM

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.

 

 

 

 

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Liesl Tesch OAM, Matt Levy AM, Dr Bronwyn Cooper – Barefoot Science

 

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. 

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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    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.

 

 

 

 

Michael Lloyd White, President World Kindness Day with The Hon Tony Abbott MP and Waterline Team
Michael Lloyd White, President World Kindness Day with The Hon Tony Abbott MP and Waterline Team Members

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.

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#makeasplash with @waterlineCF

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.

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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! 

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The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Leila Henderson – Owner of Newsmaker, Julian Day Founder of Waterline Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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!

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Part of Team Waterline

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.

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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  !

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Horse Rescue Hotties

 

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!

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Launch of the Waterline Challenge at iconic Manly Life Saving Club 12 November

 

 

Matt Levy - Paralympic Superstar and Waterline Ambassador
Matt Levy – Paralympic Superstar and Waterline Ambassador
Waterline Ambassador Guy Leech Health Guru and Ironman
Waterline Ambassador Guy Leech #FitnessGuy and former Ironman

 

 

Layne Beachley Surfing superstar and Ambassador for Waterline Challenge
Layne Beachley Surfing superstar and Ambassador for Waterline Challenge

At 8am November 12th, Australia introduces a new national event at Manly Surf Life Saving Club!

Brainchild of three times childhood cancer survivor Julian Day. It is his way of giving back.

Our Ambassadors including Liesl Tesch AM, Guy Leech (No.1 Fitness Guy), and Matt Levy, OAM will be at the launch ensuring we get off to a brilliant start!

Current ironman Kendrick Louis will be joining us. And Tony Bonner (Skippy, Man From Snowy River) will help compere the event. It’s going to be an action packed morning!

Over the next 48 hours Australians will be walking, swimming, kayaking and traversing our nations water-ways. Beaches, inland rivers, estuaries and anything water related will be included, even back yard pools!

Pulling together to raise money for 12 amazing charities, we are aiming to cover the distance of the coastline of Australia (52,000 kms) with our combined teams.

We might be stretching our luck a little this year, as we are brand NEW but will be giving it our best shot! Local primary school Manly Village P.S. is giving us a hand to ‘test the waters’ and winning school fundraising teams will have an exclusive paddle with Guy Leech.

Matt Levy is giving the schoolchildren a talk in late November on ‘what it takes to become a winning athlete’.  Matt has won five Gold medals in previous Paralympics, and won Bronze at the recent Rio Games.

Channel 7 are interviewing Guy Leech on The Morning Show on the 10th at 10.55am so tune in and let your friends know, and Matt Levy will be on The Daily Edition on the 11th.

Channel 7 News will be interviewing our Ambassador Layne Beachley on the Gold Coast before her Aim For The Stars/Waterline Team head to the water Saturday.

Ambassador Liesl Tesch, Gold Medalist Paralympic Sailor said, ‘I just love the concept of Waterline Challenge, and am putting my heart and soul into it and encouraging all Australians to TEAM UP for such a great event’.

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Sailing Superstar Gold Medal Winner Paralympics Rio

Our Twitter/Instagram campaign #makeasplash is getting some famous faces involved. Watch this space! We are also raising funds for grants to improve water quality, marine conservation and environmental projects.

This is a very Australian event and a great way for people to raise money for a charity of their choice including Surf Life Saving Australia, Cure Brain Cancer and Aim for the Stars.

The Waterline Challenge is also proud to have two key Patrons: The Hon.Wendy Baden-Powell, and John Alexander AO MP, Tennis Great and member for Bennelong.

Media contact: Louise Bradley P:0432 746185 E: louise.bradley@waterlinechallenge.org