Andy Donaldson

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Oceans Seven For Mental Health

Intro
Hello, my name is Andy Donaldson and I'm taking on the Oceans Seven Swim Challenge for Mental Health.

The Oceans Seven is a collection of the seven toughest and most iconic channel swims in the world.  These equate to almost 200km of swimming.

In order to help bring more awareness to the cause and the incredible work of the Black Dog Institute, I have set myself some ambitious goals for this journey.

These are to break the current cumulative world record time of 64 hours 35 minutes, and to try complete all seven channels in one year, something which has never been achieved. 

Mental Health
Mental health has become one of the most pertinent issues of our time with the World Health Organisation expecting depression to become the leading health concern worldwide by 2030.

In my own life, I’ve known many good people who have struggled with their mental health and like many, I've lost friends to suicide.  My greatest hero growing up, my grandfather, bravely dealt with his own mental issues.  This had a profound effect on me.

During 2019, I experienced my own struggles with depression.  I was burnt out, and felt a bit lost in life.  Fortunately, I received some great support from those around me, and I was encouraged back into the water where I discovered community, along with tools to help manage and improve my mental wellbeing.

Black Dog Institute - Mental Health Research
Through this journey, I rediscovered my passion for swimming, and it inspired me to try to use my skills to help others.  I started doing swims to raise money for charity, and this ultimately led me to the Oceans Seven and the Black Dog Institute.

The Black Dog Institute’s vision is to create a mentally healthier world for everyone.  They are global leaders in mental health research, turning scientific findings into life saving action which is available and accessible to everyone around the world.

I hope to use this challenge as a vehicle for good, raising funds and awareness towards their amazing work.

Please donate today!

Follow the Journey
I'll be posting more info and regular updates at:
instagram - andy.swimming
website - coming soon

Alternatively, if you wish to be part of the journey or support in other ways, feel free to reach out - andrew.donaldson@outlook.com

My Updates

About the Oceans Seven

Wednesday 6th Jul
The Oceans Seven is a marathon challenge comprised of the seven toughest, and most iconic channel swims in the world.  These are:

Channel

Distance

Description

Dates

English Channel

33km

England to France

Aug 22

Strait of Gibraltar

14.4km

Spain to Morocco

TBC

Cook Strait

22km

North to South Island New Zealand

TBC

Molokai Channel

43km

Molokai to Oahu Hawaii

Apr 23

Tsugaru Strait

19.5km

Honshu to Hokkaido Japan

TBC

Catalina Channel

32km

Santa Catalina to Los Angeles

Jul 23

North Channel

34km

Ireland to Scotland

Aug 23

 

197.9km

 

 


To conquer the challenge, a swimmer must complete all seven channel crossings solo, unassisted, and in accordance with the Marathon Swimming Federations standards.

Swimmers may only use a single swimsuit with standard coverage, one swim cap, and a pair of goggles.  One cannot use any equipment that benefits speed, buoyancy, endurance, or heat retention (i.e. no wetsuits).

Each crossing is Marathon in distance (10km or greater) and presents its own unique challenges with swimmers facing large swells, cold water, complex currents, unpredictable weather - and also aggressive marine life such as sharks and the lion's mane jellyfish!

The Oceans Seven has grown rapidly in stature over the past few years, and it has become known as one of the toughest sporting challenges in the world to complete.

Thank you to my Sponsors

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Anonymous

$1,000

Andrew Donaldson

$515

Alison Smith

A fabulous cause to support

$515

Tardis Group

A Great Goal Andy, All at Tardis Group wish you well and favourable conditions as you attempt this epic challenge.

$262.50

Ruth Donaldson

Andrew, you've made your Mama so very proud of you with the way you use your talent and passion in swimming. Great courage is needed to take on this serious challenge; I really hope and pray that God will go before you and grant you His favour to accomplish your goal. May the purpose in raising awareness & funding for the Mental Health issues be achieved in a very generous response. Wish you all the very best for every swim you are going to undertake for the next 12 months. God bless you my precious son!

$257.25

Katy Welch

$225

Rhona Stapleton

Good luck with your Oceans Seven challenge. Rhona & John

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Roisin Tracey

What an epic challenge and a great charity to donate to. Good luck mate!! 🌊🏊🏼‍♂️

$200

Stu Clarke

Mate, you are absolute inspiration! If anyone can do this challenge, you can! You’ve got this!

$157.50

Pamela Wright

Congratulations Andy on such a fantastic achievement. Many more to come I am sure on your courageous adventure! Truly inspirational. Massive good luck for the rest of your swims!!

$157.50

Gregory Family

Keep going Andy!!!

$150

Cj

Well done Andy! What an amazing swim! Best of luck for the rest of them! No doubt you will smash them all! x

$150

West Kilbride Friends

Such an Incredible work which we hope will inspire others!!! Andy Donaldson, you indeed have made West Kilbride, the little village where you grew up very proud of you. Congratulations on your New British Record swimming in English Channel on 07.08.2022, also for the 1st ever Scottish Male to swim solo in North Channel on 19.09.2022 with only shy of the World Record by 4 minutes. We wish you all the very best on the completion of your Oceans Seven Channels Swim Challenge for the next few months to come. May God continue to be with you and grant you favour to accomplish this great commission for the good cause of the Mental Health awareness and its funding too. God bless!

$136.50

Steve, Ingrid, Milla And Isaac Iaschi

1 down in record time!!! Can't wait to see what you do next!

$120.75

Nexia Perth

Keep up the great work Andy. This is the result of the gold coin donations from R U OK Day. Thank you for the presentation you sent through.

$120

Anonymous

May God be with you in this awesome challenge for very serious cause, Andrew. We will continue to support you in our prayers for the next 6 Oceans Channels to swim. Massive Congratulation on your 1st leg, English Channel with a New Brittish Record. We're very proud of you. God bless you!

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Peter Iancov

All the best Andy!

$105

Flash

Absolute LEGEND - keep up the good work :)

$105

Rachel Born

Congrats Andy! Keeping a close eye and a fantastic cause.

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Anonymous

$105

Ian Gompertz

awesome achievement and a great cause, well done mate!

$105

Barney

A true inspiration mate, I see the hard work that you put in day in day out am have every confidence you'll achieve your goal. you've got this!

$105

The Deans

Hope this experience is heaps of fun for you Andy. You are a true champion.

$105

Brian O'sullivan

$105

Jensen Family

Good on you! Such a worthy cause. Goodluck 💪

$105

Ben Brackenbury

Absolute hero - good luck mate!

$105

Lauriston

Andy, Super excited to follow your swims. Absolutely amazing. All the very best. Jo and Nigel 🥰

$105

Tim Edwards

Go Andy! Absolute Legend

$105

Lisa & Eva Macgregor

Go Andy.

$105

Steve Sammut

Hats off Andy.

$105

Dade Fletcher

Good luck Andy!

$105

Sam Sheppard

Killing it mate; you're inspiring me to want to get back in the water. One swim down, six to go

$105

Christine Cornford

$105

Poonam Di Iorio

All the best Andy! Good on you!

$105

Breakwaterbill

Ever swimming in the Boston MA USA area let me know and happy to paddle for you!

$105

Anonymous

Couldn't think of a more worthy cause to do all these crazy swims for. All the best Andy!

$105

Julian Mills

A modest challenge indeed

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Andrew Kindness

What an inspirational challenge mate. You've come a long way from early morning swimming at vikingar. Totally believe you're crazy enough to do it! A great cause to do it for too. Wish you all the best 🙂

$105

Mal James Di Giulio

Hey Andy... great work mate.

$105

Becca And Praz

Amazing swimmer and all round wonderful person. Looking forward to following you on your journey (and maybe even watching some of the swims..) We love you Andy! Becca and praz xx

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Leith Weston-mckerracher

Hi Andy, I truly admire your passion and how your strengths and personal dedication are inspiring you to mentally focus on these phenomenal achievements. You are such a genuine and kind individual who is shining this bright light in acknowledging the importance of our mental health today, so thank you! 🤩

$105

Claire

To the greatest swimming legend I’ve had the privilege of knowing - good luck with the channel crossing next week - you will be amazing 😍

$105

Ally & Rob Evernden

Well done Andy, you are such an inspiration, I admire your drive, passion and commitment and wish you all the very best in your quest and hope you reach your fund raising goal for such a worthy cause 🏊‍♂️ 💪 🙌💗

$105

Lauren Nolan

$105

Greg Johnson

Can’t wait to see this journey . Epic and just a pleasure to watch you swim.

$105

Pat Hulsman

Inspiring and selfless. Good luck

$105

Natalie Taylor

Look forward to following your progress from the comfort of my sofa ;-) Great cause, and you've totally got this 👍

$105

Grant Cheshire

$105

Nicky, Pete, Jemma And Kalani Scott

Very inspiring, Andy! And such a great cause to motivate you along the way. Have fun and we look forward to following your progress xxx

$105

Euan Mcmillan

$105

Kelly Rasmusen

Best of luck Andy! 💪🏼

$105

Nat & Jimmy

Hell yes Andy doing this for the MOST important cause. Absolutely love your work 💖

$105

Mick, Matt, Ben And Big Shazza

Good on you Andy. Rip in!

$100

David Rose

$100

Linda Welsh

$100

Anne Mcgimpsey

You pair are amazing! ☀️

$100

Penni Keulemans

What an amazing cause. Go Andy.

$100

Em Chetwin

Get after it Andy!

$100

Valerie Potts

Very impressive effort! I hope you reach your goal!

$89.25

Doug Russell

Kick it in the heid big man! And a damn fine cause and all.

$85

Rob And Bex Hillis

$84

The Czaplinski/skas

Good luck Andy Your someone to look up to in and out the water Look forward to following your journey

$78.75

Ingrid Iaschi

You are an inspiration Andy! Can’t wait to see you accomplish this awesome feat for such a worthy cause 💙

$78.75

Meg Ferraz

absolute legend!

$52.50

Barbara Roger & River

Wish you all the best on this huge journey!

$52.50

Carla Duncan

Very inspiring Andy and an incredible challenge to undertake. Perth City will be cheering you on

$52.50

Andrew Hunter

Good luck! This is an incredible challenge for a fantastic cause! May the weather and tides be kind to you!

$52.50

Rylan Fabrici

You the man Andy! Keep making me look pedestrianly slow in the pool.

$52.50

Sophie Dean

Good Luck Andy! Such an inspiring adventure for a great cause

$52.50

Sian Dawson

I’m in awe, so amazing to be doing what you’re doing both physically and mentally, and then to be raising all this money and awareness too. 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

$52.50

Julie Pham

Good Luck Andy!

$52.50

May Hillis

An absolutely amazing challenge and a great cause you’re supporting. Wishing you all the best on your journey and stay safe!

$52.50

Rebecca Smith

Great to hear you in church today! An inspirational challenge.

$52.50

Sheila (friend Of Ruth)

Wonderful Challenge - look forward to your arrival in August in Scotland

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Andy Hodkinson

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Anonymous

$52.50

Natsaha Alexandra

Good luck Andy!

$52.50

Cooper Family

Super proud of you Andy - what a wonderful cause you are swimming for. We will all be watching your progress and cheering you on!

$52.50

Frank Van Rooyen

Good Luck Andy!

$52.50

Cindy & Shaun Jessop

You’re an amazing human being Andy, raising money for an amazing cause. You’re going to be awesome!

$52.50

Jaime Bowler

Go Andy!!!

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Nick Green

You are going to smash it!

$52.50

Callum Hillicks

Great work IBN!

$52.50

Cam

Amazing work Andy, inspiring so many and for such a great cause!

$52.50

Morag Daly

Absolutely amazed by what you are doing. Wishing you all the best and we will be following you on each swim.

$50

Wellness Clinic

Good luck!

$50

Andrew Lambert

Good luck Andy!

$50

Brian And Deirdre Murray

We are so impressed that you are doing this challenge Andy. We will be praying that God will keep you safe and well and will be following your progress eagerly! 🙏❤️

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Iona Mclachlan

$50

The Sinking Scotsman

Good luck Andy!

$50

Christine Freek

Amazing work Andy, such a great thing to do! Best of luck, and enjoy the whole experience!

$31.50

Laura Tavernor

Amazing! A little bit colder than the Rotto swim! Congratulations

$31.50

Craig Macpherson

Go Andrew!

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Stergiou

$31.50

Edward Byrne

$31.50

Brian Church

Awsome cause wish Andrew all the best.

$31.50

Maria Van Der Plas

ANDY!!! Wishing you a fantastic journey and swims that are looming on your horizon… finally, it’s here! Enjoy your amazing feat… and can’t wait to hear about the progress! 🥰

$31.50

Bill And Robyn Richmond

Happy swimming Andy. Great charity to support

$31.50

Fergus Mccarroll

Good luck, and great to meet you at Matt & AR's wedding. Wanted to throw you a (very) small donation, but I guess every little counts....

$31.50

Kelly Dudgeon

$31.50

Emma Yeomans

Amazing challenge! Best of luck!

$30

Nye Levett

Congratulations on your channel swim mate. Thanks for your advice. Good luck with your next 6 swims!

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Emily Mcqueen

Such an amazing initiative! Best of luck x

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Chris

Amazing challenge and effort, Andy, and a great cause. Best of luck today!

$26.25

Heath

Good on you Andy!!

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Fiona Andrews

What an incredible challenge, and what an inspiration you are to others, I know you will smash it! Good luck and stay safe 🙂 feel proud to call you a former teammate!

$21

Mark Kwek

Good luck Andy!

$21

Wendy Davies

$21

Julie & Tony Boxsell

All the best Andy!

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Scott Collin

$21

Kelley Schall

Hi! I am also a marathon swimmer and mental health advocate. I also struggled with severe depression and overcame a lot to bounce back and accomplish my swimming goals. Thank you for doing what you’re doing, and sharing your story!!!! Best wishes on your swims!

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Neil Theobald

Good luck!

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Zoe

Amazing charity and amazing swimming. I’ll be waving your flag. Hope things goe really well for you!

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@road2oceansseven

Hey Andy. Great cause with the mental health. 👍🏻 You seem like a very likeable person. I'm looking forward to see more from you. All the best 🙌 Chris

$21

Niriana Murray

Amazing to see you doing so well. Good luck! And keep at it 👏🏼

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Lauren Burgwyn

Good luck Andy!

$20

Jonathan Haines

All the best Andy! What a brilliant goal and well done on raising funds for such a worthwhile cause. Just brilliant! Go Andy go!

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Ana Perez