Swim Lake Wanaka for Darryl Fairbairn Memorial Fund
- $10,250.00 donated
- 152 generous donors
Attempting to swim the length of Lake Wanaka to raise money to provide counselling and support for children and their families.
Many of you will remember that in 2007 and again in 2017 some of my friends and I got together and swam the length of Lake Wanaka (Makarora to Wanaka Township), 45 km, in a relay. Then earlier this year (March 2018) I attempted the whole swim solo. Unfortunately I succumbed to hypothermia just 8 km from the finish. So I am going to have one more go and see if I can crack it this time.
The money we raised has gone towards providing children and their families, in the Upper Clutha area, with counselling support when they are going through tough times following grief and loss. I have been completely blown away by the support of the community (not just local, but national and international). However, on the flip side, living in "paradise" in this part of the world does not protect and shelter us from the struggles of life. I have seen an increase just in the past year, of people accessing the fund. Hopefully this reflects people's awareness of the fund and not an increase in need.
Due to the large number of people accessing this fund, I realise that it is going to need a regular top-up if it is going to continue being able to help people. I was really happy last time that I achieved my goal which was to raise awareness and funds for the charity. However this time my goal is to make it the whole way.
You may ask "What has swimming down the lake got to do with providing money for people to receive counselling?" My answer is A HUGE AMOUNT. These people are facing very challenging times already, and the added financial stress could be the hurdle for them between getting help, or not. I see swimming down the lake as a huge personal challenge, not unlike the struggles we all face at times. So, despite me being a "swimmer", don't think this is going to be easy for me.
As a result of my own past traumas, and subsequent mental health issues, I want to raise the profile of overall mental health/wellness. If we can help children and their families, earlier on in their struggles, then hopefully they can build resilience and have better mental health.
I hope you will join me and follow my journey through this challenge, and reach deep into your pockets and donate, so we can help members of the community
Use of Funds:
The money goes directly to counsellors who provide the support to children and their families, following grief and loss in their lives.
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The Darryl Fairbairn Memorial Fund was set up after we raised over $10 000 by swimming the length of Lake Wanaka. The money is used to provide funds for counselling for children and their families when they are going through grief and trauma in their lives. This is for those in the Upper Clutha area.
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