Mark's Swimming Challenge

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Homelessness in Australia is a national emergency - on average, people living on the streets have a life expectancy of just 47. That's why we're raising funds for Beddown to establish 6 new venues in Queensland. Help me change lives and save lives with a $47 tax-deductible donation.

47Up - Let's Change47 together

47 is the average life expectancy of people who are homeless. Hundreds of people lose their life each year on the streets of Australia. This is a National emergency and needs to change.

As a person who turned 47 a few years ago (I'm now 54), I have pledged to Change 47 by raising funds to support six new Beddown venues across Queensland. Beddown isn't just a safe place to sleep, it's a health and social response giving people access to a range of services that are life changing. I'll be supporting this 'fun'raiser for Beddown by swimming 470 laps of a 25 metre pool over the next 4 weeks. 

So, please help me stay motivated to complete the 470 laps and let's change lives and save lives together, by making a donation of $47. It's tax deductible, so get in before 30 June.

My Achievements

Fundraising page

Shared Page on Socials

Updated Profile Pic

Added a Blog Post

Referred a Friend

Increased Target

Reached Goal

Received 5 Donations

Raised $94 - A Short Stay for a Guest

Raised $235 - Housing Support

Raised $470 - Pay the Rent

My Updates

Thank you! We've hit $767!!

Friday 23rd Jun
A BIG THANKS to everyone who has sent encouraging messages, motivated me to keep the 60 laps/swim target (240 done); and especially the generosity you've all shown. $767 at the end of week 2, who knows how far we can get?!? 

Great collective efforts for an important campaign. Wishing you all a restful weekend.  
#peoplehelpingpeople  #change47

We Passed $470! Now it's Doubled, C'mon!

Wednesday 21st Jun
Wow! I've completed 180 laps so far (3 x 60 laps in a row). Guess what? We've beaten the $470 target already! Thanks to Graham, Pete, Dee, Jacob, Susan, Tamara, Kristy, Tammy Sophie and Kate for your messages, encouragement and donations. 

New target - let's see if we can double it - $970 before I finish my 470 laps! I think we can! That will provide real help for @beddown and #change47 to really help those who need it.

I'll hit 240 laps this week, so thanks again and keep up the great work!

#peoplehelpingpeople  #change47

Update and people to thank

Friday 16th Jun
Wow! $355 already donated to help people who are sleeping rough this winter through the #Change47 campaign. Thank you Kate, Tammy, Tamara, Sophie, Jacob, Susan and Dee for your generosity, donations,  and encouraging messages, a great motivator. I've finished 120 laps for this week, so on track. Have a great weekend! #peoplehelpingpeople #Change47

Update - 14/6/23

Wednesday 14th Jun
Hey, just finished my first 60 laps yesterday and thanks to my first sponsor; covering the first 48 laps @ $1/lap. I hope to raise a minimum of $1/lap = $470 for the Change47 campaign. It would be great if we can raise more? The link is below & a quick update below after my swim. Thanks for supporting Beddown, Change47 and most importantly people struggling through another winter with no home. Page 👇
#peoplehelpingpeople #housingforall

Thank you to my Sponsors


Tamara Ryan

Such an incredible initiative. Thank you for all you do to change people’s lives. xox




Susan Das

A great initiative Mark. Hope you inspire a ‘movement’ of Swimmers for Change., Get Fit & support the homelessness crisis. People helping People.


The Practice Hut

Let's hit the Target!



Swimming for community, love it 💜


Gabrielle Nicholson

Well done Mark!! An inspiration as always.




Kate Goulding

Good Luck Mark xo



You are doing a great job of smashing out those laps Mark!! You’ve got this 👌


Jacob Davidson

You got this 🫡


Sophie Morson

All the best for your efforts helping turn the tide on homelessness, Mark - I’m with you in spirit! Sophie



Go you good thing!




Tammy Milton


Dee Brooks