The mental health and well-being of young Australians is a topic that has been prevalent in Tumut and surrounds in recent years.
Tumut swimmer Charlie Dodds is trying his hardest to raise awareness for young Australians who are living with mental illness, while also raising money for the charity, ReachOut.
“I will be swimming laps for life this March to help fundraise for ReachOut,” Dodds said.
“It is estimated one in four young Australians are living with a mental health disorder and what’s worse is that 70% of this group lack the support or financial resources they need to receive professional help.”
During the month of March, the 19-year-old will swim 50km, which will surely test his own resilience.
Despite the challenge ahead, Dodds is looking forward to the swim and the chance to do something he loves and help a cause close to his own heart.
“I think it is a very good cause and I believe mental health issues don’t get the attention they deserve,” he said.
“So combining something I love like swimming with a fundraiser for something so important just made sense.”
During his 1000 lap challenge, Dodds will team up with local swimming product and good friend Lachlan MacMaster.
“Lachlan (MacMaster) is doing the laps for life too and we hope to get a few sessions in together,” he said.
“We have been friends since I was five and he actually taught me how to do backstroke, so I couldn’t think of anyone else better to do it with.”
The university student is hoping he can add to the money he has already raised, which currently stands at $507.52.
“Any money raised goes directly to ReachOut, which has a mission of ensuring that all young people have the support they need to be happy and well,” he said.
If you want to get behind Dodds and his fundraising for ReachOut or find out more about the cause, you can visit