Anthony ‘Harries’ Carroll is Australia’s favourite Bondi Rescue Lifesaver. Harries has teamed up with Swiss 8 – a Veteran-led mental health charity – as an ambassador to their latest mental health campaign – A BBQ To Remember.
Swiss 8 is a health promotion charity, founded by combat veterans to build proactive mental health tools. A BBQ To Remember is an initiative encouraging Aussies to connect with their mates over a BBQ on or around Remembrance Day, to pause and reflect on the sacrifices of our courageous men and women in uniform.
In addition to Bondi Rescue’s Harries is Rugby League legend, Wendell Sailor, AFL favourite, Isaac Heeney, and Australian Rugby Union powerhouse, Drew Mitchell as ambassadors to endorse and promote this Veteran-led mental health initiative.
Harries talks candidly about his own issues around mental health in the context of his life-saving experiences.
As a life-saver for over 20 years, he has been involved with many retrievals of people who have taken their own lives by jumping from nearby cliffs into the ocean – and the impact that has had on his own mental health. Harries credits his father for instilling within him healthy coping mechanisms when dealing with these kinds of themes.
Swiss 8 has recognised the need for healthy support tools for people to turn to for 24/7access to accredited mental health support devices and is launching the BBQ To Remember to raise funds to build proactive mental health tools for all Australians.
The BBQ involves an impressive raffle, at $5 per ticket, with a prize-pool valued at a staggering 180K.