Ocean Mind kickstart new fundraising wave

June 24, 2024 BY

Ocean Mind provide therapeutic surf programs to young people across the region. Photos: SUPPLIED

TORQUAY therapeutic surf charity Ocean Mind is hoping to enrich the lives of more young people in 2024 through its new “50 for 50” fundraising initiative.

’50 for 50′ will connect local businesses and individuals with the opportunity to help give the joy of surfing to those experiencing mental health challenges, social isolation and disability.

The program will feature three membership support categories, Ocean Mind Booster ($1,000), Sponsor a Grom ($3,500) and Sponsor a School Group ($8,500).

Each category of membership comes with varying benefits for the organisation or individuals.

Ocean Mind founder and chief executive officer Rachael Parker said the program was integral in the organisation continuing its positive impact.

Ocean Mind is hoping to expand its offering in 2024.


“We’ve had waiting lists for as long as we can remember due to demand,” she said.

“It’s been a focus of ours to look at how we can deliver even more programs and deliver and meet the referrals we are getting.

“We aim to curve our waiting times to under three months which would be a huge boost to the business. It will give us the opportunity to help so many more young people and provide them with the thrills of ocean therapy.”

Ms Parker said the dream was for 50 local businesses or organisations to collectively donate at least $50,000.

“Obviously the cost of living is higher. We also acknowledge we are also in a climate crisis, but if we can all work together as one, we can make a huge difference.

“We’ve got so many great businesses down here and this is another way they can continue to support and connect with our local community.”

To find out more about the “50 for 50” campaign, head to oceanmind.org.au