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7 News covers Fund Raising Coastal Trek
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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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Close To The Coast!

AND THEY ARE OFF!

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

 

On the way to Noosa!

 

 

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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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.

 

 

 

 

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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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