Year 11 & 12 Cycle-a-thon for mental health and Flouro Thursday
Glenaeon Year 11 and 12 students will be raising money for mental health non-profit Waves of Wellness next weekend, from lunchtime on Friday 15 until lunch-time on Saturday 16 September.
Glenaeon Year 11 and 12 students will be raising money for mental health non-profit Waves of Wellness next weekend, from lunchtime on Friday 15 until lunchtime on Saturday 16 September, but rather than taking to the sea, the senior students are taking to stationary bikes for a non-stop 24-hour cyclethon in the school hall.
Wearing their most outrageous fluoro costumes, three teams of six to eight students will race against each other and a team of teachers to cycle the furthest over the 24-hour time span, raising money via their gofundme website.
Year 12 student, Blaise Miller Hill, says the brainwave for the cyclethon grew out of her Friday morning surfs with One Wave, a group associated with Waves of Wellness, which runs a Fluoro Friday event at Manly and Bondi every week at 6.30am, “tackling mental health issues with a simple recipe…saltwater therapy, surfing and fluro (sic).”
Blaise began surfing with One Wave in 2015, having had little direct experience with mental health issues in the community, but she soon learnt more about people struggling with their mental health. She said the flouro outfits were a way to make the invisible (mental health) visible.
Five thousand dollars will pay for 10 people to take the Waves of Wellness four-week WOW Surfing Experience (WOWSE) learn-to-surf program, and this is their target. Students will spend a minimum 15-30 minutes on the bike at a time and the pedals will keep going for the entire 24 hours, making the changeover something of a challenge! They will sleep in the hall, preparing their own meals, playing music and board games when they are not on the bikes. Bikes are being loaned to the school by Vision Personal Training in Chatswood.
Students were encouraged to wear flouro to school on Thursday, to raise funds for mental health foundation, Waves of Wellness. Teachers and students entered into the spirit with $500 raised! Even parents coming to pick up their children unwittingly supported the effort! The money will be donated to the Waves of Wellness Cycle-a-thon target of $5000.