Surf Life Saving - Sydney Northern Beaches

24 hour Marathon Row - 18th August

Posted by SLSNB Staff Access (lifesaving) on 13/07/2018
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Avalon beach parents Melissa and Nathan Wellings have organised an event in Avalon beach to raise funds and awareness for the One Eighty organisation – a Youth led charity focused on developing local projects to create awareness and equip teenagers and young adults with skills in mental health care. 

Nathan is one of 5 sweeps at Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club, with approx 50-60 rowers who excel in surf boats in every division you can row in and have won and won and won during the last season at local, state and national level and even represented Australia again this year in the Trans Tasman – they won that too. 
There’s something else the rowers of Avalon Beach SLSC want to win, and that’s a shift in the way we support each other through difficult times and support those who create opportunities to reach out for alternatives to help us get out of those ‘stuck’ moments.
On 18/08/2018, the Wellings and Av. Boaties will be hosting and doing a 24 hour row in the clubhouse. The rowers will commence at 10 a.m. on the 18th and row until 10 am on the 19th.
They will row on two machines, at around 14k an hour, to reach a distance target of 672 kilometres – so just past Port Macquarie and back again – in 24 hours! Or if you want to go south, that’s almost to Melbourne – in 24 hours!
There will also be some internal challenges within the 24 hour row, such as Bow versus Stroke legs.
The rowers are hoping the community will get behind this event so the maximum funds can be raised to help the great work One Eighty Avalon is doing. 
“In 2017, one of our young boat rowers took his life, which deeply affected many club and community members. “ Melissa explained this week
“We’ll row for 24 hours to demonstrate there is a 24 hour service in Lifeline that exists to meet what can also be a 24 hour battle.”
They are rowing for 24 hours as mental unwellness is a 24 hours a day health issue. They are rowing for 24 hours to remind all that there is also support 24 hours of each day too – through Lifeline and other support services. They are starting on the 18th of the 8th 2018 as there’s lots of 180’s in those numbers.
Gus Worland of Gotcha4Life has stated he’s in and will be visiting the 24 hour Marathon Row.
“We’re hoping he’ll try out one of the machines while he’s here.” Melissa says.
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Last changed: 13/07/2018 at 9:38 AM