INVERLOCH Surf Life Saving Club member Tom McMorrow will compete in Surf Life Saving’s premier endurance event, the Coolangatta Gold on October 16.
The Gold is a gruelling 42km race from Coolangatta to Broadbeach and back, involving kayaking, swimming, board paddling and running.
In doing so, Tom aims to raise awareness for depression and anxiety as well raising funds for the RUOK? Foundation.
“I have chosen to dedicate my journey to RUOK? as they do an amazing job to inspire regular and meaningful conversations every single day,” Tom said.
“Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but there could be more to it for some, and it’s okay to talk about it.
“It can be awfully tough to talk about mental illness and if I can inspire one person to make a positive change I will feel like my campaign is a success.”
Competing in the Coolangatta Gold as a sole competitor has been a personal goal of Tom’s since completing the course in a team event in 2011.
Every step in his training will contribute to breaking down the physical barriers he has set for himself.
Breaking down social barriers is also one of his goals that he intends to tackle in the lead up to the October event which will be the pinnacle of Tom’s volunteer competition career.
Tom has already raised over $1,000 for the RUOK? Foundation.
Anyone willing to support the RUOK? Foundation through sponsoring Tom can donate via his fundraising page at https://give.everydayhero.com/au/tom-takes-on-2016-coolangatta-gold-for-ruok-initiative
Tom would also like to thank the support received from his family at Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club since starting his fundraising page.
“Our community is a special one, and the people who help to form it give me determination at every training session over the last year,” he said.