Jo Eckton

I'm swimming to save lives

  • This is my first year diving

  • in for youth mental health

I'm swimming for my nephew Dylan Oakley x

I felt so helpless when this tragedy hit my family.  And it's happening way too often!

There is nothing I can do to bring Dylan back, but by doing this challenge and raising much needed funds I might just be able to help someone else in trouble.   

So please jump in and support me if you can.

All funds raised will help young people feel better about today and the future, no matter what challenge they're facing.

Three weeks down - one to go ………

My third week of swimming saw me in South Australia where the water temperatures were at best 18 degrees and at worse 14 degrees – so freezing!

But I’m doing this for Dylan so I swum every day.

And I’m sure it was good for me but my time in the water was significantly less than weeks 1 & 2.

But I’m still going and still needing your support.

I’ve been shocked and saddened talking to many young people in the last 3 weeks and it seems that suicide is a common word in their vocabulary.

It was not in my day.

My family have been devastated by suicide and I’m swimming and fundraising as hard as I can to try and make a difference – however small..

ReachOut offers a safe place for young people to chat anonymously, get support and feel better 😊

So once again I sincerely thank all of you that have donated – you are wonderful and I hope I’ve thanked you all personally.

And to those of you who haven’t yet and are able to – please consider helping – any small donations could be life changing.

Thank you again all my friends

XXXX

25Km's Done!

I thought it might be difficult to swim 25km's during March with everything else going on.  But I'm done - 13 days in and I've swum my target distance of 25km's.  
It hasn't bought Dylan back.
But if, with your help it can prevent even just one more young person taking their life then we've done a good job.
I will of course keep swimming and I sincerely thank all of you who have kept the donations coming in and kept me swimming hard.
If you haven't donated and you are able to - then please I would appreciate any support you can give me in helping to prevent youth suicide.
Thank you my friends XXXX

First week swum

That's my first week of swimming done and 13.5km swum! 
The support you have all shown me in my quest for helping to prevent youth suicide has been truly amazing.
I thought it only right to start strong and I've loved every stroke.  It feels so good to be doing something physical in Dylan's name - I know I can't bring him back but maybe in doing this I might be able to help someone else in trouble! 
So thank you all you lovely people - 3 more weeks to go! xx

My Swim Progress

I've swum

43.00km (1,700 laps)

My Goal

25km

How do you compare to other participants?

Average Distance Swum: 16m

Average Distance Goal: 18KM

My Impact

So far this year I helped provide...

2683

Young people with vital mental health support.

Fundraising Progress

Raised

$10731

My Goal

$1,000

So far, you’ve raised 1,073% of your fundraising goal!

Raised

$0

My Team Goal

$0

So far, you’ve raised nan% of your fundraising goal!

Raised

$3,466,477

All Goal

$3,600,000

So far, you’ve raised 97% of your fundraising goal!

Thank you to my Sponsors

Life-Saving Donation

$1.02k

Mahjong Silvertails

Dear Jo Celebrating you on International Women’s Day and in memory of Dylan. Good luck with your quest - we’re with you in every stroke!

Life-Saving Donation

$263.75

Virginia McClelland

Life-Saving Donation

$258.47

Irene Newport

Fabulous job

Life-Saving Donation

$258.47

Robert Eckton

A great thing you are doing here Jo x

Life-Saving Donation

$258.47

Dan Skitt

$211

Pete & Kathryn

Great effort and cause Jo x

$203

Ladies @ Bayview GC

We’re all behind you Jo!

$201

Mark Osborn

$201

Matched by Pinnacle Charitable Foundation and Gonski Foundation

$158.25

Steve Cole

$150

Ingrid Klobasa

Go girl!!

$135.04

Leigh Edwards

$135.04

Anonymous

Well done . I have a grandson who could have been there if not for the support he received

$135.04

Louise Ferreira

My heart goes out to you and your family, Jo. Thank you for highlighting such an important cause. xx

$135.04

Irene Newport

$135.04

The Schaubs

Well done Jo! Such an important cause.

$135.04

caroline furlong

$135.04

Matched by Pinnacle Charitable Foundation and Gonski Foundation

$135.04

Rodney & Ingrid

Wonderful effort and cause Jo

$129

Susannah Eliott

I think it’s very courageous of you to undertake this endeavor, Jo, not just because of the swimming (which I could never manage) but also because it means you have to open up uncomfortable but really important conversations with people outside of your family. Best of luck!

$105.50

Helen Wood

With ❤️

$105.50

Greg Whyte

Good luck. A great cause.

$105.50

No 1 Towel holder

On the last leg now - well done x

$105.50

Matched by The GPT Group

$105.50

Wendy Harrington

$105.50

M, M & T Gerlach

♥️

$105.50

Ingrid Burgess

We are thinking of you Jo and all your family what a fantastic achievement well done and lots of love .

$105.50

Kerry Wynne

$105.50

Louise and Bruce McCready

$105.50

stephen and hebe pritchard

With all our love to you and your family ❤️

$105.50

Sabine Barford

Good idea. We simply can't sit on our hands

$105.50

Helen & Phil

$105.50

Jill Winter

There would be nothing more devastating to lose a member of the family this way. You are wonderful support.

$105.50

Beverly Brocklehurst

Amazing Jo - you can do this! We are all there for you! 🥰🥰🥰

$105.50

Stuart Loveday

$105.50

Susie McCarthy

With you all the way Jo! Sx 😘

$105.50

Wendy MacCormick

All the best in your endeavours Jo. We are all proud of you.

$105.50

Simone Allaway

Hi Jo, I’m so happy to be able to support you in some small way for this amazing charity. X

$104

The Twiggs

Love this Jo. Good Luck. The Twiggs

$100

Mini Masters Golf

Go Jo! Great work

$100

Dee Jones

Sending love to you all. Dee & Greg xx

$100

Julian Owens

$100

Pauline Milborrow

$100

Matched by Neilson Foundation and The Gonski Foundation

$94.95

Michael Selikman

$93.90

Clive Calder

$93.90

Anna Ottewell

x

$63.30

Paul March

Good luck Jo and well done for doing this. All love, Paul and Camilla.

$63.30

Tinika and Jeff Bliss

$60

David Baboulene

Absolutely amazing, Jo. Xxx

$60

Linda Hurst

Well done on reaching your swimming goal!

$56.16

Dave Selikman

Look after yourself Jo

$54.86

Maureen Hicks

So so sorry Jo

$54.86

Pat Wood

Well done Jo! Great cause

$54.86

Rob Cole

Go Jo Jo

$54.86

Gwen Lansbury

All the best Jo, a great way to help other young people as well as your grief for your nephew

$54.86

Tess Paton

Go swim girl

$54.86

Anonymous

$54.86

Pete & Fran Byrne

Well done Jo! So sorry for your loss

$54.86

Ben Gear

Good luck Jo!

$54.86

Jill Scully

Good on you Jo. This happens far too often.

$54.86

Louise Taylor

Sending love & strength to your family.

$54.86

Michelle Mott

I work as a psychotherapist supporting people so this is very close to my heart

$54.86

Anonymous

$54.86

Diane Wilton

$54.86

Fran and Mark Chatham

Well done Jo! We are thinking of you and the family xx

$54.86

Kate Mcburney

$54.86

Nancy Fink

$54.86

Fiona Dunagan

$54.86

Sarah Oakley

Well done Jo - keep Dylan with you every stroke, lap, bay and watch out for those turtles 🐢 💜

$54.86

Jacqueline Borg

Well done Jo. Obviously an extremely sad reason …but proud of you, as I’m sure many others are as well. Go girl

$54.86

Lisa Mackenzie

Go for it Jo!! Be very proud of your contribution!! If you need a swimming buddy for support at all would love to help if free xx

$54.86

Sue Poate

$54.86

Karen Lavers

It is a wonderful thing that you are doing Jo and I am sure that your sister would be very proud of you and your support. Xx 😘 💜

$54.86

Terry Katz

An immensely worthwhile cause Jo. Thank you

$54.60

Alison Briggs

Wll done, you! Inspirational Jo.

$53

Bets Gregory

Happy to support this cause Jo 😘

$52.75

Richard Ussher

Go girl 🏊‍♂️

$52.75

Elizabeth Kelly

Swim to enjoy

$52.75

Anonymous

Jo I’m so very sorry to hear that sad news . wishing you strength & love Lex & Tom

$52.75

Robyn Burns

We support you all the way..a very well worth cause to help erdicate youth suicide. X

$52.75

Moira Fitzpatrick

Good Luck Jo. Well done xxx

$52

Elspeth Hobson

Go Jo! We’re here to help you make a difference! Els ❤️❤️❤️

$52

Amanda Chatham

$51

Tracey Browne

Very happy to sponsor you in such a great cause. I hope you find some peace in swimming Jo. 🤗

$50

Maggie Lamb

$50

Matched by The GPT Group

$50

Ros McCririck

$50

Matched by Reef Shark Foundation

$50

Richard Dutton

$50

Matched by Pinnacle Charitable Foundation and Gonski Foundation

$50

Jo Eckton

$50

kevin smith

$50

Matched by Reef Shark Foundation

$50

Matched by Neilson Foundation and The Gonski Foundation

$50

Jacqui Dawber

Great idea Jo! I know your sister will appreciate you doing this. The stats are scary! Good luck.

$50

Barbra Gavin

$50

Matched by The GPT Group

$50

Jenni Berry

$50

Liz Whittaker

$36.93

Dawn Lane

$31.65

Caroline K

Well done for diving into this challenge 🏊‍♀️ It’s so important, so proud of you x

$31.65

Ellie

For Dyl ❤️

$31

Wendy Brown

$31

Matched by Reef Shark Foundation

$25

Andrea Sargent

Swimming with you in spirit for Dylan. xxA

$25

Matched by Pinnacle Charitable Foundation and Gonski Foundation

$21.10

Pam Foster

$21.10

Leanne Seghers

Go you Jo ! 😘

$21.10

Anne May

Well done Jo! I know this means so much to you

$21.10

Anonymous

$21.10

Maxine Young

Keep up the good work Jo xx

$21.10

Jacqui Warnock

Good on you Jo

$21.10

Lee Scales

Swimming for a good cause Jo.

$21

Di Kendler

$21

Matched by Reef Shark Foundation

$20

Phillip Atkinson

$20

Colleen Gilbert

$20

Matched by Reef Shark Foundation

$20

Raylee Moylan

$20

Matched by Reef Shark Foundation

$20

Jacqui Stone

$20

Narelle Cope

$20

Matched by Reef Shark Foundation

$20

marylynne De Jong

$15.60

Damien England

$13

Matched by Reef Shark Foundation

$10.55

Mary Houten

Well done.

$10.55

Karen Mayoh

$10

Stuart Webster

$10

Matched by Pinnacle Charitable Foundation and Gonski Foundation

$10

Marion Leonard

$10

Matched by Reef Shark Foundation

$10

Pauline Stuzzi

$10

Matched by Reef Shark Foundation

$10

Jenny O'Brien

$10

Jan Thomsett