When I was 15 years of age, I was the sole survivor of a boating accident that tragically claimed the lives of my Mum, Dad and brother, Bill. In the years that followed I faced significant further challenges and hardship, including domestic violence.
I have fiercely avoided both swimming and the open water since the accident thirty years ago. But as part of my ongoing journey of self-healing, and to encourage others to confront and overcome their own fears, I will swim the world’s largest open water event – the Lorne Pier to Pub - in January 2017. It will take considerable time for me to prepare both mentally and physically, but training has already commenced and is progressing well.
By participating in this event I aim to raise $25,000 for McAuley Community Services for Women, a not-for-profit organization that supported 1,000 women and children last year alone through its family violence and homelessness services. The amount raised will enable a room to be built for a woman and child in need of shelter and safety.
McAuley is the only organisation in Victoria that is open 24/7, offering women safe housing, refuge services and accommodation for the homeless.
You can support my challenge by:
1) Donating via this page - all donations will be gratefully accepted, however big or small! (Donations are 100% tax deductible)
2) Sharing this page with your family and friends
I would like to sincerely thank all those who support me while I complete this challenge. Those close to me know that my greatest fears in life have been open water, sharks and public speaking. Hopefully this challenge will help me to overcome all three.
I will keep you updated on my progress as we go along!