Henry Akes

My Progress

Laps

230

I've swam

11.50 km

My Goal

10 km

I'm swimming for young Australians lives

<3 I lost my beautiful little sister Isabelle 6 months ago to suicide <3

When I heard about the Laps for Life challenge, I immediately wanted to become a part of it.

Did you know that suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in Australia? That means that each year, more young people die by suicide than in car accidents or from cancer.

Together lets beat this thing.

My Achievements

Uploaded a profile photo

Set a fundraising goal

Logged first lap

Achieved distance goal

Received first donation

Achieved fundraising goal

Shared page

Challenge Accepted

My Updates

Why I am doing Laps for Life

When I heard about the Laps for Life challenge, I immediately wanted to become a part of it.

I lost my beautiful little sister Isabelle 6 months ago to suicide.

Previous to this I have always struggled with depression and anxiety. Only in the last couple of months have I been able to talk openly about my condition and it has helped me tremendously.

I’m slowly learning to live life with my grief with the love and support of family and friends (and a few doctors). As part of my recovery process I am excited to show my support and help others by entering Laps for Life and raising much needed funds in an attempt to help as many people as possible.

NO WAY IN AUSTRALIA should another brother feel like this.
NO WAY IN AUSTRALIA should lack of funding stand in the way of someone choosing life.


Challenges like Laps for Life can also really help reduce the negative stigma around talking about suicide, depression and mental health.

As someone who has been directly impacted by mental health issues, I really wanted to make a diffference and Laps for Life is giving me that platform.

So please, if you can, make a donation however large or small, and together let’s try and ensure that NO WAY IN AUSTRALIA young people’s lives are damaged or worse yet cut short.

I love you Issy. Forever by my side. 💙

Thank you to my Sponsors

$208

Henry Akes

$208

Judy & Rod

Well done Henry!! Issy would be so proud if you!❤️❤️

$208

Anonymous

$208

David And Robyn Jones

Just like Thorpie 🤣

$208

Oliver Pitt-thacker

Great cause and good luck

$200

Manning O'loughlin

$200

Cliff Wirz

Your efforts will make a difference

$156

Scott Holmes

Awesome work brother! Issy would be proud &lt;3

$104

Alex Cumberland

Love you loads mate! Awesome work.

$104

James Fuss

This is an amazing thing you're doing Henry. Keep pushing through mate.

$104

Janice Akes

You know she loves you Henry. Forever by your side. X

$104

Chris Solomon

This is something that is very close to my heart mate. A lot of people don't know this because I hide it well. I've been battling depression since I was a young teenager. I won't go into detail, but I always to focus on things like racing and some projects away from work to fill my head, so it doesn't get the chance to wander. I'm happy to help where I can, and would be good to catch up for a chat some time. Take care mate. All the best. 🙂

$104

Cath Hyne

Stay strong❤️😍

$104

Shaun Ferrero

$104

Verity Hanlon

Fantastic effort Henry.

$104

Liz And Drew Douglas

Great work Henry.

$104

Grandpa Xxx

You make us all so proud Henry.

$104

Georgia Pappin

$100

Jordan Hunt

❤️

$94.64

Taylol

$78

Wazza

$78

Ann-maree See

$54.08

Sally Nutting

$52

Dominique O’loughlin-mills

So happy Henry to be involved. Love always to you all . You are in our hearts every day. 💛

$52

Trisha Whalen

$52

Shelley Fuss

Stay strong - a great cause xx

$52

Sheridan Byrnes

💕

$52

Oliver Hammond

$52

Anonymous

$52

Amanda Madden

$52

Hugo Meggitt

Love you uncle Henry

$52

Llewellyn Meggitt

Miss my Aunty Issy, forever singing giggle and hoot really badly!

$52

Damien Macken

$52

Philip Akes

No Way in Australia...let’s all make a difference.

$52

Tom Meechan

$52

Amy Smithies

❤️

$52

Gail Watson

Hi Henry. I went to St Rita's with your mum in the 70's and we lived in the same street. I wish you the best in your fundraising endeavour. I think about your Mum often. Say hello from me and maybe we'll catch up at the 45th school reunion this year.

$52

Hayden Bristow

$52

Atrau Paul

Love you man.

$52

Chris Danielsen

Love you brother!

$52

Hollie Pearson

Proud of you!

$52

The Akes Family Toowoomba

All our love to you and Maddy - May the full force of Issy be with you along the way. Xx 😘

$52

David And Joan Holmes

$52

Jayde Long

$52

Sue Bell

Thinking of you and your family and friends. ❤️

$52

Therese Rae

Well done Henry!

$50

Beck H

$50

Kevin Rudd Jr

I love you my bro and I love what you’re doing right here. Super proud of you.

$50

Kate Costello

$46.80

Melanie Foreman

Henry, you’re doing such an amazing thing. I hope you reach your goal.

$46.80

Claire Morris

Thinking of you and your family, Henry. Claire.

$40

Jayden Halliday

$30

Asheligh

$26

Beth Holmes

$26

Katy Mawson

$26

Julie Wright

$26

Christopher Hall

Hey brother, I’m bouncing around overseas at the moment so I’m strapped for cash as you can imagine, I know 25 rods isn’t much but I hope it helps, Such an amazing thing you’re doing, give it your all on the day!

$26

Doug The Dog

Woof!

$26

Romeo I’m Not A Dog

Woof!

$26

Anonymous

I’m so sorry about your sister Issy. Keep talking. Keeping saying her name. You could be saving someone else’s life just by making mental illness more visible.

$26

Tay Wood

$26

Samuel Ferrero

$26

Kristin Ocallaghan

$26

Elizabeth Mckerracher

$26

Caitlin Holmes

$26

Jo Minto

$26

Anonymous

$20.80

Sophie Maffina

❤️

$20.80

J Shackleton

$20.80

Sharyn Hadden

Issy will always have a special place in my heart.💖

$10.40

Lauren R

Thinking of you at this difficult time. This cause is close to my heart having suffered with mental illness for many years and enduring the impact of multiple suicides of those I work with.

$10.40

Adrian Highlands

$10.40

Nimue Marino