What a year!
Happy New Year!
We hope that this year is filled with fun waves, good health and a whole lot of fluro.
OneWave launched in 2013 with the vision of giving people hope that they can beat mental health issues by creating a supportive community connected by the ocean.
Every year thanks to you amazing people in the OneWave Community we have managed to get more people in the ocean, more people in fluro and more people talking about mental health.
2015 has been another massive year so thank you for your awesome support. Together we are changing lives.
Here are some of the highlights…
There are now over 60 beaches Worldwide that have run a Fluro Friday to raise awareness for mental health and given people the chance to experience saltwater therapy.
18 of these beaches have created OneWave Communities that run regular Fluro Friday’s (weekly or monthly) to help people free the funk in their local community. This is an increase of 12 beaches doing regular Fluro Fridays since the start of 2015.
On OneWave’s 2nd Birthday in March 2015 there were 31 beaches Worldwide that stood together hand in hand to create the World’s largest fluro wave to raise awareness for mental health.
The launch of The OneWave Surfing Experience in Bondi in June - A unique 12-week program designed to teach people experiencing mental health issues how to surf. Thanks to Partners in Recovery and Let’s Go Surfing for helping make the inaugural program a huge success.
With the help of UNSW and their research team, we have now refined the program to 8-weeks and are rolling it out around the Country
Following the massive impact the OneWave Surfing Experience program, we launched a StartSomeGood crowdfunding campaign in July to help fund further OneWave Surfing Experience Programs in 2015 and 2016. Thanks to your amazing support we successfully achieved our target of $50,000.
We launched a further two OneWave Surfing Experience programs in Newcastle & Bondi in October and November. This took the total to 30 people with the opportunity to learn how to surf and talk openly about mental health with others facing similar challenges.
In August OneWave won the Solvey Spotlight 2015 which gave us the opportunity to present the OneWave recipe for tackling mental health…saltwater therapy and fluro at the international VidCon conference in LA.
While 2015 has been a massive year there are still so many people that are battling mental health issues alone. We’re not going to stop until we give as many people as possible the chance to experience the feeling of getting in the ocean and riding waves, while openly talking about mental health.
OneWave goals for 2016…
Have 30 beaches doing regular Fluro Fridays
Implement 15 OneWave Surfing Experience programs.
Build on the OneWave Corporate Experiences, working with businesses to promote mental health awareness, support and well-being within their workplace culture, in-turn providing sustainable funding for OneWave programs.
Give 120 people the chance to learn how to surf with the new First Wave Experience – a one off learn to surf experience for people experiencing mental health issues
“It get’s people up and motivated, it’s a real kick start, it’s got me fitter and happier and has set me a routine. Yeah it’s been really beneficial for my mental health.” - Brad, Program participant.
We couldn’t do what we do without you guys so from the bottom of our hearts a huge thank you!
Let’s continue to change the face of mental health and spread this tasty recipe of salt water therapy and fluro. .
The OneWave Team