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The KEF Heroes March 2021

By March 30, 2021No Comments

The enormous wellspring of support that has risen up around the Kai Eardley Foundation shows the love and concern of our communities hold for preventing suicide among young Aussie men. As the first quarter of 2021 draws down, we’d like to mention some of the wonderful people who have given their time, energy, sweat, and whatever else it took to raise money to fund KEF and support the Tomorrow Man workshop delivered in Western Australian schools to help young men build emotional muscles.
Here are some of the fabulous KEF Heroes of 2021:

Sean Doyle

Dedication and persistence is one of the hallmarks of a KEF Hero, and that’s what the incredible Sean Doyle showed when he ran 300km in 30 days and raised an awesome $8,000. What a legend!

The Barbarians Foundation

Heroes don’t give up. Wendy Harper-Penman created something positive out of the tragic loss of her son, Conan, when she established the Barbarians Foundation for suicide prevention and youth mental health awareness. The Foundation had its Inaugural 2021 Ball on 16 January at Matilda Bay. The Barbarian Foundation have chosen KEF as their charity of choice for the year, and everyone looks forward to the year’s events including a couple of Cape-to-Cape walks and a stair-a-thon, all in the name of charity and our shared cause of suicide prevention.

Swim Clan

Andrew Donaldson was the winner of the 2021 Rottnest Channel Swim and, along with Swim Clan team members Jonney Sammut and Jarrad Lawford (2nd place in the Duo Swim) and Martin Smoothy, raised a massive donation of nearly $9,000 for KEF. Their hero effort is truly above and beyond!

Smile and Wave from Neptune’s Nephew

The founder and designer Noah Dennis from local brand Neptune’s Nephew donated all proceeds from his ‘smile and wave’ T-shirt line to contribute over $4,000. He’s a hero with heart and talent!

Jarrod Delavale and Ben Ford

Jarrod Delavale and Ben Ford honoured their friend, Sean, who they lost to suicide, by completing the Port to Pub swim, which is Fremantle to the Rottnest Island Pub (https://porttopub.com.au/) in a gruelling nine-hour effort. These two super-heroes raised over $14,000. Wow!

Matt Floyd at Pinky’s Gym

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but these guys might have a few more muscles than most. Matt Floyd at Pinky’s Gym held a charity boxing match and punched up a massive $5,000 donation for KEF. Good onya fellas!

Young 4 Life

A massive effort by the team of heroes at Young 4 Life Fitness, led by Rob Young, when they did the 12-hour Rave Ride community event and raised the super-hero amount of $16,500. This was everyone chipping in to donate money, products, and time, and it really is what our hero community is all about!

Karen Grimstead

International Abstract Artist, Karen Grimstead, held a wonderful solo exhibition in the Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery at the Fremantle Arts Centre, which opened 12 March. There was nothing abstract about Karen’s donation to KEF of 10% from all sales. Great art and a great heart makes Karen another hero of our community.

Huge thanks also go to the generous souls who made individual donations on the website from January to March 2021.

Jayne Sharland, Linda Langoulant, Doug Cary, Lou Pittorino, Karen Burnett, Denis Cullity, Ethan Franks, Natalia Royss, Viv and Jan Lawrie, Chris Stobaus, Elizabeth Richards, Paul Howard, Raymond Chen, Graeme Price, Geoff Dunstone, Cathy McIntyre, Connor Kahlenberg and the Bathers Beach Triathlon team from Notre Dame University.

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