Merlin-Bo Macdonald

I'm swimming to save lives and boost awareness around suicide and mental health.

  • This is my second year diving

  • in for youth mental health

Many of us, our friends and family 

have endured the dark side of mental health 

and loss of loved ones through suicide. 

Many of those loved one's held 

beacons of light, were advocates for life 

and their strength and courage 

should and will not be lost on us...


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.

My Swim Progress

I've swum

92.50km (4,358 laps)

My Goal

90km

How do you compare to other participants?

Average Distance Swum: 16m

Average Distance Goal: 18KM

My Impact

So far this year I helped provide...

1626

Young people with vital mental health support.

Fundraising Progress

Raised

$6503

My Goal

$6,000

So far, you’ve raised 108% of your fundraising goal!

Raised

$6611

My Team Goal

$6,000

So far, you’ve raised 110% of your fundraising goal!

Raised

$3,466,960

All Goal

$3,600,000

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

Funds raised over the years

NOTE: DISPLAYS PREVIOUS 3 YEARS OF FUNDRAISING ONLY

  • $8,745

    2023

Thank you to my Sponsors

Life-Saving Donation

$316.50

Merlin-Bo Macdonald

Life-Saving Donation

$264.60

Anonymous

Because you can and because you believe in supporting others, I will support you Merlin; a very great privilege to do so.

Life-Saving Donation

$258.47

Jamie Cox

Really respect what your doing for mental health mate

Life-Saving Donation

$245

Matched by Reef Shark Foundation

$211

Carolyn Macdonald

Fantastic effort Merlin. So very proud of you.❤️❤️

$211

Central Spark Victoria PTY LTD

Go you good thing!!!

$211

Bendigo Crane Trucks

$201

Emmy Mulholland

Well done Merls. Proud of you for the effort you’ve put in for this very worthy cause.

$151

Troy Norfolk

Your dedication is an inspiration. Love ya Merls!

$145.60

Michael Bunney

Love what you're doing. For Nick, Aaron and Pat.

$135.04

Olivia Hartigan

Such an amazing effort!

$135.04

Jeff Clements

$130

Harrison Sheehan

Everything you have done for youth mental health with this year and last, I'm so proud of you and the effort you have put into this. I'll always support you every year you do this.

$129

Sam Ludbrook

Nice work again Wiz, you’re really making a difference!

$129

Reubin Williams

Love your work Merlz!

$105.50

Macabe Turner

Great job mate, keep it up 👍🏽

$105.50

Anonymous

$105.50

Rubin Utama

Thank you. 🙏🏽

$105.50

Matched by The GPT Group

$105.50

N T

$105.50

Taron Stanley

Just keep swimming! Big effort big fella, I take my cap off to you 👍

$105.50

Anonymous

$105

Tony Bunney

Doing it again for Nick, Aaron and Pat.

$100

Riah

Well done!

$96.25

Firetail Environments

Top effort Merls and team.

$93.90

Nathan Cagliarini

Great cause mate! Huge effort 👌

$93.90

Jacquelene Hunt

👏💪♥️ Awesome effort Merls!

$93.90

Eva Holman

Onya Merls, legend!

$89

Matt Gray

Onya Merlin!

$84.40

Megan Miller

What a great job you’ve done, Merlín. It’s close to my heart. I appreciate so much the effort you have put in. I’m memory of several young people in my kids peer group and their cousins friends as well. Thanks 🥰👏👏👏👏👏🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏻‍♂️ 😊👏👏👏👏

$80

L

$79.13

Steve wilson

Well done wizz

$72.79

Eamon Orchard

$63.30

Anonymous

$63.30

Jules :)

$63

Peta Godfrey

$54.86

Nick Tindall

Nice work Merlin. Keep swimmin'

$54.86

Elyssa Kurelja

Well done Merls. A very worthwhile cause🥰

$54.86

Megan Brake

$54.86

Stella Starkie

Well done Merls xo ✌️🌊🩵

$54.86

Pete Tragardh

Well do one mate Pete

$54.86

Catherine Kruse

Admire what you are doing.

$54.86

Claire Bayliss

What you are doing is so important!

$54.86

Dougy Gray

$54.08

Belinda Webster

$54

B M

$53

Tesse

$53

Julz Brown

Huge effort already Merls, nearly there, bring it home if you can, if not you've still done so well, proud of you xx

$53

Paddy Tobias

Well done Merls

$52.75

Josh Bennett

Wilson told me what you were doing mate. I'm very impressed, you're a bloody legend. Keep it up. Very happy to donate to such a good cause. Cheers, Joby

$52.75

Martin and Janet Mulholland

$52.75

Shaun Burchell

$52

Jules

$50

Chris White

$50

Simon Podoluch

Stella effort for a Stella cause, keep up the good work ya legend. Simon & Lara

$50

Langy

$50

AR

$50

Rosie Annear

Love your work, Merls ❤️❤️

$31.65

Em McInnes

Onya Merls 💕

$31.65

Michael Pratt

Thanks for your efforts Merls.

$31.65

Jason Newton

Great awareness and top effort Merls xx

$31.65

Margot Green

$31.50

Somerled Macdonald

Smashed it, big bro with a Mo.

$31.20

Jem DEAD

Onya Merl you bloody legend

$31.20

Lainie Sutton

$26.38

Anonymous

onya merlz

$26.38

Kristy Lang

$25

Dane

Great effort mate!

$21.10

Dale Turner

Keep up the great work Merls

$21.10

Donna Finegan

Awesome job Merlin and team

$21.10

Allan Broad

$21.10

Anonymous

$21.10

Gary Little

Still a legend 💪

$21.10

Alex Parsons

Good on ya Merls!

$21.10

Lucy Irwin

You are amazing, I’m proud of you x

$21.10

Anonymous

In the city is it true, if you don't you act like you do?

$20

Christine Macdonald

❤️

$20

Riley Anderson

$20

Eve

$20

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