Northern Beaches Boat Crews Row for Mental Fitness

The 24 Hour Row held in three locations on the Northern Beaches of Sydney has raised over $40,000 in its second year. 2,512,344 m’s rowed with an average of 314,043 per ergo in the 24 hours. With the support of NSW Surf Lifesaving, organisers Mel and Nathan Wellings were able to hold the event concurrently at Avalon, South Curl Curl and Collaroy where they smash their fundraising to over triple from last year.

‘This is huge! This effort will make a difference. Thank you to all who participated,supported and donated.’ said Mel Wellings. Funds raised were split between One Eighty Avalon and Gotcha4Life.

This event will be an annual one and growing each year. We hope to reach our Southern Beaches and interstate clubs in Queensland.

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Man Anchor moves in with Gotcha4Life

We are thrilled to be partnering with Man Anchor who support the community with engaging and educational workshops that empower the individual. Man Anchor run a number of different programs to encourage the community to kick start a positive conversation around mental health as well as the tools to support friends, family and the wider community. The programs range from the #letstalk workshop which is a relaxed platform to start the conversation around mental health and the importance of self-care to the Communication With Care training that addresses the communication skills needed to support a loved one during crisis.

Other courses include Mental Health First Aid training to corporates, clubs and the general community.

“The partnership formed between Man Anchor and Gotcha4Life team is an unbelievable opportunity for us to reach more communities across Australia. With this collaboration Man Anchor will have the ability to grow our team of facilitators and super charge our training schedule across both metro and regional areas. We believe the key to sustainable change is giving the community the tools to support their loved ones mental wellness.”  Steven Gamble - Founder Man Anchor

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Surf Life Saving NSW backs 24 Hour Row

24-HOUR ROW TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Avalon Beach SLSC, Collaroy SLSC and South Curl Curl SLSC have joined forces to support and raise funds for OneEighty and Gotcha4Life by running a 24-hour row. 

From 12pm on 17 August until 12pm on 18 August, members will row in one-hour shifts. Guest rowers will include Triple M's Gus Worland and Rob Stokes MP. 

In 2018 Avalon Beach SLSC raised $14,000 for the two groups to continue their work to reduce youth suicide and support with men's mental health in our communities. 

Read the article here: https://www.surflifesaving.com.au/news/24-hour-row-raise-awareness-mental-health

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Underwear of Sweden supports Gotcha4Life

To coincide with the launch of their new men’s underwear subscription service, Underwear of Sweden announces they are donating $1 for every subscription purchased as of August 2019. Not only that, if you refer your Gotcha4Life mate to purchase a subscription they will donate $10.

You can choose from monthly or quarterly deliveries of fresh,comfy breathable, high-quality boxers. How good is that!

“Gotcha4Life really appreciates the support from Undies of Sweden. As we target all men in Australia to improve their mental fitness, OWOS join us in our goal.” said Gus Worland.

Check out their webpage: http://bit.ly/2M3zWnn and take a chance on some life changing Undies.

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NEW PARTNERSHIP with SQDAthletica

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Partnering with a Squad that embodies a vision of fitness of the mind and body.

From July 18, Men’s athletic wear brand SQDAthletica will donate $1 from every in-store and online* transaction, in support of men’s mental health.

At Gotcha4Life we talk about Mental Fitness. That is, we believe in training your emotional muscle, building your social connections and thereby creating an underlying resilience in men and boys that will serve us all well for the moment that adversity strikes. It is not good enough to only think about your physical fitness, it is imperative we give more attention to our Mental Fitness.

“So the partnership with Australian company SQDAthletica is a perfect match. The male focus of their brand along with the Mental Fitness approach combines into a really exciting new partnership.” says Gotcha4Life CEO Tim Hodgson.

“Here’s to a great partnership, here’s to actionable and measurable outcomes in communities across Australia and here’s to a full body workout that includes the mind!” concludes Tim.

SQDAthletica General Manager, Scott Philipson, loves the connection between SQD’s vision and the Gotcha4lLife messages, and is thrilled to be part of making real change when it comes to men’s mental health in Australia. Scott said, “SQD was born out of the need to get men more active and invested in their health; we want to help guys perform at their best, and are well aware that to be performing at your best, you need to be both physically and mentally fit. Being able to bring together our vision with the Gotcha4Life vision is a powerful opportunity to improve the lives of men across the country.”

Visit a store near you or check out the range online: https://www.sqdathletica.com/sqd-x-gotcha4life

Every purchase will contribute to funding educational workshops,training programmes and products building mental fitness in communities across Australia.

Just a bunch of knock about locals getting their mates together.

It all started early March,  a phone conversation between two lifelong friends about the need to catch up more regularly. They wanted to reach out to other mates who they weren’t in touch with to get a ‘thing’ going .So four mates met for a coffee, a chat and the idea came; ‘The Penrith Men’s Walk and Talk’.

So weeks later, the coffee meet and the 6 ½ Km river loop walk has turned into a cathartic hour for the men of Penrith and surrounds with over 100 blokes turning up when @gusworland stopped in.

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So proud of these guys making a difference and ‘taking action’ to be there for their mates.  Walking is a great way for men to get together and have a chat - fitness for the mind body & spirit.  If these guys get numbers of 100 plus in winter - how big are the summer walks going to be!

All males are welcome each Thursday. From 5.30pm for coffee and then join the walk at 6pm.

Follow them on FB or IG @penrith_mens_walk_and_talk for updates and news.


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Mates rally for Mental Health.

Regularly described as the greatest motoring adventure on the planet, the Mongol Rally is days away from starting and we have 3 mates taking on the challenge, in support of Gotcha4Life.

They will be driving from London to Mongolia – a 20,000km journey through unfamiliar and unforgiving terrain along with other teams and it is expected to take 2 months to complete. Aussie mates Jake, Jayden and Trent chose to support Gotcha4Life as part of their rally campaign after reading an article online about the issues surrounding mental health and anxiety among Australian men.

“The statistics presented in the article were overwhelming and it was something that immediately struck a chord with the 3 of us, as we have all experienced mental health and anxiety issues in one form or another at some point in our lives.” said Jake Shumilin.

The boys are well under way with fundraising and hope to reach a target of $5000.

You can follow their journey via their IG and FB pages: all-aussie-adventurers

If you would like to donate, head to the link below.

Good Luck! We look forward to the journal entries and photos along the way!

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Building a more inclusive community one donut at a time.

The year 11 boys from Parramatta Marist Bros held another successful fundraiser for Gotcha4Life last Friday at the school. Led by Monty Duncombe and a cohort of his mates from year 11, the entrepreneurs raised just shy of $1000 for the Foundation. The initiative came about when they were in year 9. Their PDHPE teacher, Luke Barry-Donellan set a project based on the “Man Up Series”. Students created a radio segment for TripleM. In their segments, they had to pitch an idea that would promote a supportive environment at school and ensure help seeking behaviour amongst young men.

Bronut Day was established. Tee shirts were printed, donuts ordered and mateship was made. The concept, buy one donut and get a second donut to give to a mate, start a conversation and create a connection.

We love it! Thanks to Monty,Hunter,Ryan,Jacob,Christian,Toby,Tyler,Noah,Fady,James,Ryan and Mr Barry-Donellan - you are TAKING ACTION!