Marcus Ryan

I'm swimming to save lives & honour lives of friends I've lost.

  • This is my first year diving

  • in for youth mental health

We've hit the $1,000 target, now I'm trying to double it! Let's get to $2,000 and help 500 young people. 

Did you know 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.

This March, I'm swimming to make sure young people in Australia have the mental health support they urgently need.

By sponsoring my challenge, you’ll be helping to prevent youth suicide.

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

Thanks for supporting and let's get that black dog off our backs. Cheers, Marcus 

The beginning

For those unfortunate eyes who have been on my social media for several years, you know I've never been shy to post a travel pic of my naked bum in some random destination for a laugh, but today I had to embarrassingly ask the pool staff in my hometown to take my photo. I received a message from my local newspaper wanting to do a piece on the charity swim I'm doing this month and they requested a photo. After all, I'm probably the most famous person in Wonthaggi behind the guy on meth that rides around town no hands on his bike screaming at nothing, but they don't want to do a story on what he's raising money for. I assured the staff it wasn't for my dating profile and it was all for a good cause. I won't admit if I was flexing or not either. 😬 Anyway, before this ends up in the local paper and on their socials, I thought I'd get in first. I am raising money and awareness this month for youth suicide on behalf of ReachOut Australia & Laps for Life From their site:
"More than 1 in 3 young people in Australia is currently experiencing a mental health difficulty. But there’s an even bigger problem: more than 1 million of them are not accessing professional support. And, suicide remains the leading cause of death for 16-24 year olds in Australia."
I've lost too many friends to mention to suicide and a couple just this year. If I can get fit (and rock hard abs) at the same time as raising some dollars and get people talking about it, then I'm proud to get my shirt off and draw more attention to it! I'm ¼ of the way to my swimming target and 50% of the way to my donation target. I'll pop the fundraising link in the comments. Any donation small or large is appreciated, as well as your comments of encouragement. ❤
PS. I think it's rather fitting that the photographer subconsciously framed the 'Caution No D' on International Women's Day! 🤣 For all the ladies, enjoy the photo, happy IWD. You're welcome! 😍
PPS. For those who don't want to see any more pics of me shirtless, the sooner the donations reach $1,000 I will be sent out a hoodie to wear to cover up, so dig deep quickly! 🥰

My Swim Progress

I've swum

31.05km (1,242 laps)

My Goal

31km

How do you compare to other participants?

Average Distance Swum: 16m

Average Distance Goal: 18KM

My Impact

So far this year I helped provide...

577

Young people with vital mental health support.

Fundraising Progress

Raised

$2306

My Goal

$1,000

So far, you’ve raised 231% 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

$520

Bruce Mackenzie

$158.25

Anonymous

I support you you idiot!

$129

Joshua Moreton

Great stuff mate,

$111

Emily Worsteling

$104

Melissa Coombs

$101

ian watson

Congratulations Marcus

$92.56

Luke Morrison

Good on you mate!

$69

Marcus Ryan

$69

Matched by Reef Shark Foundation

$60

Janice Piasente

$54.86

Kellie Simpson

Well done mate ..... keeping it real

$54.60

Cheryl & John Gilliland

Great effort, Marcus. 🏊‍♂️

$54.08

Bente Humphrey

Raising money for a worthy cause makes you a rock star. Thank you for helping young people find hope in these didficult times.

$54

Alex

$52

Des Tinney, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Awesome work man. I think this takes you over the $1000 target. Whoop whoop. Looking forward(?) to hearing some jokes around this swimming thing on your next Scottish visit. Keep passing on your knowledge and energy!

$52

Anonymous

$52

Kristin and Mark

Go Marcus!

$51

Vera & Robert Sund

Well done Marcus, you're amazing. And a better comedian than you are a swimmer!

$50

Favourite sister inlaw

Well done Marcus!

$50

Anonymous

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile”.

$50

Your favourite ex

Keep going Thorpey, let’s boost it up to $3,000!! 💪🏻💪🏻🏊🏼‍♂️🏆🤑🤑🤑

$50

Karen Davis

Well done, what a great cause.

$35

Paula Jane Newman

Love this Marcus! Such a great way to get your fitness on and help others. Here’s to surpassing your $ goal in the next week!

$31

Aveva

$26.38

Mike Linsell

Good on you! Bust out those laps, such a worthy cause👍

$26

Jen

$21.10

Sarah Graham

Awesome effort 🎉

$21.10

Matched by The GPT Group

$21.10

Pete Monaghan

Swim like a mofo

$21.10

Eryn-Leigh Butt

Well done mate. Anyone that raises awareness of Mental health issues is my kind of person xx

$20

Anonymous

$20

Robyn Hodson

Great cause Marcus, have fun swimming!

$20

Lexi PK

Good for you, Marcus! You’ll totally smash 20kms

$5.20

Anonymous

I’m donating what I can but I support your cause