Use your swim for a good cause!
We encourage you to use your swim to raise money for one or both of these organisations.
Swim for the future of our turtles!
Coastcare groups do an extraordinary job in protecting our coasts. The money raised from your swim will be directly injected back into coastal and marine projects to protect the future of our precious turtle populations, which are currently under threat.
Turtles have existed relatively unchanged for over 100 million years, swimming freely through our many oceans safely and un-threatened. Sadly, many of our turtle populations in Western Australia are now struggling to survive.
A number of factors have contributed to their decline, such as capture by feral animals, destruction of nesting beaches by humans, ocean pollution, oil spills, and erosion of dunes and beaches where turtles lay their eggs.
Six of the world’s seven turtle species reside in these waters, including the flatback turtle. Found only in the waters around Australia, there are only 20,000 nesting female turtles left!
A number of Coastcare groups in Western Australia dedicate themselves to caring and protecting these areas so that our marine life, like the flatback turtle, have a place to lay their eggs in safe and protected environments.
Make your swim count and swim for the future of our marine life and turtles by supporting Coastcare.
The first groups to raise $200 get a double return pass to Rottnest Island, thanks to Rottnest Express. Register Now
R U OK?
R U OK?'s vision is a world where we're all connected and are protected from suicide.
Its mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
RU OK?’s goals are to:
- Boost confidence to meaningfully connect and ask about life's ups and down
- Nurture our sense of responsibility to regularly connect and support others
- Strengthen our sense of belonging because we know people are there for us
RU OK? knows that suicide prevention is an enormously complex and sensitive challenge the world over. It also knows that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions - “Are you ok?”
One of the most significant theories is by United States academic, Dr Thomas Joiner. Because his father took his own life, Thomas has dedicated his research to try and answer that question “why”
His theory tries to answer that complex question by describing three forces at play in someone at risk. The first force is the person thinks they’re a burden on others; the second is that they can withstand a high degree of pain; and the third is they don’t feel connected to others.
It's this lack of connection (or lack of belonging) that RU OK? wants to prevent. By inspiring people to take the time to ask "are you ok?" and listen, we can help people struggling with life feel connected long before they even think about suicide. It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. And asking “are you ok?” is a great place to start.
Register here to start fundraising.
If you have another charity you’d like to raise funds for, you can do it through the Everyday Hero platform. Go to our website, follow the instructions to set up an Everyday Hero account and make your swim count!