We Did It!
Tanya Stevenson
Denis Moteit
7 News Covers Fund Raising Trek
Julian Day Channel 7

Channel 7 News Wide Bay – Hervey Bay



Fund Raising Coastal Trek
7 News covers Fund Raising Coastal Trek
CEO Neighbourhood Centre
CEO Tanya Stevenson
Neighbourhood Centre


Channel 7| Hervey Bay News

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.

Rotary Hervey Bay Sunrise
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.

Youth Mentoring Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Youth Centre
Fund Raising for Mental Health
We Did It!



Bronwyn Noosa
Intrepid three!
Massage time Noosa
Noosa Black and White
On the way to Noosa!
Parsons plus Preeti
Trio plus president
Gary Parsons - The Legacy Run

Close To The Coast!


Up into the skies before landing in Noosa for the beginning of their five day trek along the Coast.


On the way to Noosa!



The Intrepid three!
The Intrepid Three. Waterline Challenge Foundation stalwarts.

Julian Day, Dr Bronwyn Cooper & Preetie Shehkkar will be covering up to 170km along the coast from 8th to 12th May 2017. They will be walking along every single beach and over every headland following the motto of ‘Close to the Coast’.

First day is from Noosa to a camp site 44km along one beach, next day into Rainbow Beach, then across Fraser Island to Hervey Bay. Day 4 to Woodgate and finish on Day 5 at Burnett Heads. There will be eight water crossings! Wish them luck!

They are raising money for the Hervey Bay Youth Mentoring Program which supports young people (7-17 years old) at risk of disengaging with the education system to fully participate in the community in positive, constructive and respected ways.

Preetie “Why am I doing this? – No surprise here…Giving back to our native community especially the youth – a little contribution for our beautiful coastline – and supporting my visionary friend Julian”.

You can donate by transferring funds into the ‘Julian R Day Coastal Walk”  every cent is much appreciated! 

Support them with your donations through the month of May 2017.  Deposit directly into Julian R Day Coastal Walk Charity Account.  BSB:112-879  A/C No. 477761552.  All donations over $2 Tax Deductible.

Leader, Julian has walked the whole of the NSW Coast and raised over $40,000 for various charities along the way. He’s now well into Queensland and they will continue north from Bundaberg at the end of 2017.

His walks have included four south from Sydney to Eden and north from Sydney to Newcastle, to Forster, to Port Macquarie, to Coffs Harbour, to Byron Bay, to the top end of Moreton Island and Brisbane to Noosa.

Warmly supported by Jim Bennett, President of the Noosa Rotary Club who has helped with all the practicalities for the Team. Thank you Jim!

Jim Bennett, plus our trio!
Jim Bennett, plus our trio!

The original 170kms is now possibly 150kms due to high tides and restricted access.  Unsurprisingly, none of them are complaining about this!

However, some are taking the opportunity to ‘warm up’ with some special treatments from Peppers Resort who have been hosting them today before the walk kicks off tomorrow!

Massage time Noosa
Preetie and Bronwyn getting ready for the big trek! Where is Julian? 🙂

No complaints there either, although that might change after Day 1, when aching feet might be the order of the day!

Also supporting this considerable effort are Gary and Sharon Parsons.  You may remember Gary as a World and Guiness Book record holder for long distance running.

Larger than life Garry (Patron) and Sharon the incredible woman behind the man, were there to inspire the Team before their journey!

Gary Parsons - The Legacy Run

Parsons plus Preeti
Preetie, with Gary and Sharon Parsons giving the Team some inspirational words of advice!

Local news station ‘Noosa News‘ has interviewed our Team, and will be posting their progress ‘Live’ on Tuesday.  We’ll let you know where to look to see what they are up to, and whose is complaining most!

Preetie will also be broadcasting to Facebook Live – we’ll let you know when that is happening in advance so you can catch up with their progress.

Good Luck! from all the team at Waterline.  We’ll be monitoring the progress each day this week!

Don’t forget to support the trio for this great cause. Every step they take is for Hervey Bay Youth Mentoring Programme and we wish them… ALL THE BEST! 

And hopefully, no crocs or sharks in the Estuaries!

Noosa Black and White


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’.

Sailing Superstar Gold Medal Winner Paralympics Rio
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: