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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Gotcha4Life 24 Hour Row Sept 10 and 11th

Join your local Surf Life saving Club, gym or school this September to be part of the biggest row in history. Teams from Bermagui SLSC, Pambula SLSC, and Tathra SLSC are registered to take on the 24-hour endurance Gotcha4Life 24 Hour Row for mental fitness for 24 hours from 12pm on Saturday, September 10, to 12pm on Sunday, September 11th.

Rowing machines will be set up at each location and participants will take turns rowing for up to one hour each, keeping the machines going for the full 24 hour period. The event is the brainchild of one of the country’s top surf boat coaches Nathan Wellings from Avalon Beach SLSC and his wife Mel who started the event in 2018 after a tragic spate of youth suicides in the Northern Beaches area.

“Mental fitness and the awareness of how to help friends and family is so important and we’re glad that our little event is now able to help save lives nation-wide,” she said.

All locations will be connected via Zoom and a livestream will be broadcast on the 24 Hour Row Facebook page for everyone to watch and support and hopefully to donate.

The beneficiary charity, Gotcha4Life takes action by delivering mental fitness programs that engage, educate and empower local communities. They focus on early intervention and the power of prevention through connection.

Surf Life Saving NSW continues its support of the expanded event assisting with promoting the event through their alliance with Gotcha4Life.

WATCH LIVE: Each location will be linked through Zoom and the Zoom will be broadcast live through Facebook via for the 24 hour period of the row with interviews and live distance updates to keep the rivalry and energy up and encourage donations.

VIDEO: From 2021. The Member for Eden Monaro, Kristy McBain was at the Pambula SLSC to launch the 2021 24 hour row raising money and awareness for mental health. You can donate here:


Or pop down, jump on and give the rowers a break.


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