This is Jake

We are proud and excited to have the talented Kangaroo, NSW and Manly Sea Eagles player on board as a Gotcha4Life Ambassador. Jake is a great role model for so many young males.

Jake said “I accepted this role, as it is a great organisation doing great things in the community! “ Jake has known Gus for a while and says that “anything Gus is involved in is always going to be for a good cause.”

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A much loved player in the Manly Squad, Jake has won 2 Best & Fairest awards for the club and has dedicated himself to over 100 games. His passion for Rugby League runs deep, starting out at the Mona Vale Raiders to then moving into junior representative at Manly. Off the field, Jake is known for his kindness and compassion. He is a very approachable guy and mentors many of the young boys coming through the club. Look out for Jake at our events around the Northern Beaches!

Meet Kath Koschel

Gotcha4Life Ambassador 2019 - One of the most inspirational people you could ever meet and a true champion for mental health, wellbeing and kindness. Kath is founder of the KINDNESS FACTORY.

We share the same passion for improving the mental health of boys and men in Australia.

Kath is a former NSW cricketer who has more fight in her than most professional athletes. Her story is one of inspiration and true strength. From a hospital bed defying a prognosis of paralysis to setting up a global movement that drives her desire to create a world where people act with kindness. There have been more than a few bumps along the way, but kath never lets the setbacks interfere with her passion. Kath shares her journey of how she turned adversity into triumph. She will inspire you to challenge the way you see the world and she will take you on an emotional roller coaster leaving you in awe of her strength and determination to do better and be better regardless of the hurdles she has had in front of her.

Kath was awarded the 2016 Pride Of Australia Medal, has raised over $300,000 for various charities, completed an Ironman challenge with feeling in only one leg, is on the Board of Australia Young Leaders Initiative and has addressed the Australian Prime Minister. Kath is an active mental health advocate and we at Gotcha4Life are so proud to have her as one of our ambassadors.

You can read more about Kath or book a talk here:

http://kindnessfactory.com/kindness-factory/

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Announcing Gotcha4Life new CEO - Tim Hodgson

This week we announce our first full time CEO for the Gotcha4Life Foundation.

Tim lives on the Northern Beaches and joins us fresh from delivering an impactful Invictus Games Sydney 2018. The Invictus Games helped raise the profile of mental health in the veteran and broader community. The huge success of the Sydney event means the foundation gains a wealth of talent in Tim joining the team.

“I have known Tim for a few years and when he came on the open market I could not believe our luck!” says founder, Gus Worland. “Tim is a beautiful and caring man who understands exactly what Gotcha4Life is all about.”

Tim will take Gotcha4Life to the next level to make a real difference in lowering the suicide rates in Australia.

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Reaching rural - Tomorrow Man and Gotcha4Life visit the Riverina to break the man code

4 days of workshops and man sheds have left a lasting impression on teenage boys and their fathers in the Wagga area. Facilitators Tom Bell and Ryder Jack took 14 schools through the Tomorrow Man process. Through the disruption and re-invention of old-school male stereotypes the boys facilitated honest and authentic conversations with the students.

Meet Tom White

One of the key pillars Gotcha4Life invests in is Life Line Scholarship Program to target at risk males.  Gotcha4Life fund the out of pocket costs for males undergoing training to volunteer as a Lifeline Crisis Supporter. Tom White was the first applicant to be selected to undertake the intensive Lifeline training and we recently met to discuss his journey.