Rapid Ascent is proud to continue its partnership with ONE IN FIVE, our official Surf Coast Century charity for the 2016 event. All runners are encouraged to read the information below and to support this incredible charity.

The story of ONE IN FIVE is about a group of people trying to create something good after the tragic loss of a much loved son, brother and friend. On New Year’s Day 2001, a creative and intelligent young man named Matt Wardlaw succumbed to mental illness. The pain of his illness had become so intolerable he was driven to take his own life.

Matt’s tragedy inspired a group of his friends and family to come together to address one of Australia’s biggest health issues: mental health.
One in five Australians will suffer from a mental illness; ONE IN FIVE wants to make that none in five. ONE IN FIVE is a voluntary organisation focussed on raising funds for medical research into mental illness.

With so many Australians suffering from mental illness, creating awareness is critical. Unfortunately, awareness alone will not improve medical treatments. Medical research into the causes and treatment of mental illness is shockingly underfunded. By funding medical research, new and better treatments can be developed. Ultimately the goal is to find a cure.

All funds raised go to The Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health. The Florey Institute is the largest brain research group in the Southern Hemisphere. All money donated by ONE IN FIVE to The Florey Institute directly funds medical research investigating drug treatments for depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

When Matt lost his battle with mental illness his family and friends gained a mission. Now the Surf Coast Century, in partnership with ONE IN FIVE, can provide you with an opportunity to help find a cure for mental illness.

Learn more about One in Five

How you can help

Your participation in the Surf Coast Century in an extremely impressive act. Everyone recognises it requires an extraordinary amount of effort during the months of training and the event itself. Why not use that admiration and respect to support the ONE IN FIVE cause? Or maybe your supporters will be moved by the ONE IN FIVE story and want to help. All you need to do is ask.

Join the One in Five team and fundraise

To fundraise for One in Five as part of your Surf Coast Century adventure simply go to the Surf Coast Century One in Five Fundraising site and follow the links to set up your individual fundraising page.

Then is simply a matter of asking your friends and family to support your efforts.

As part of the One in Five team you will receive:

  • All the camaraderie and support of the ONE IN FIVE Extreme Challenge team – a team that has been partaking in extreme endurance events for 9 years (including the last 3 Surf Coast Century events)
  • Regular team updates with training and fundraising tips
  • Free access to the fundraising power of the Everyday Hero online fundraising tool
  • Free access to the ONE IN FIVE running group in Melbourne that includes regular training runs (see below for more info)
  • A free ONE IN FIVE training top*
  • A great supporter group cheering you on through the event
  • Free access to a dedicated masseur after the event*
  • A prize for the highest fundraiser

* A minimum fundraising tally applies to these items.

Make a donation

If you are inspired by ONE IN FIVE’s mission and want to help, you can simply make a donation via the link in your confirmation email. These funds will go directly to the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. A tax receipt for your donation will be provided following your payment and donations over $2 are tax deductable.

One in Five team

Join the ONE IN FIVE team

If you’d like to run as part of the ONE IN FIVE team, contact Kirrily Frigo on the details below.

m: 0419 933 193

Training Runs

ONE IN FIVE has a running group that trains once a month and every Tuesday morning. All runners are welcome to join.

Monthly meet: Next group runs will taek place on: Saturday June 18th, Saturday July 23rd, Saturday August 27th at 3pm  at the Studley Park Boathouse (meet out front of café)

Tuesday mornings: Meet at the Tan, at the top of the hill opposite The Shrine  at 6am:

Park on left and meet at big tree on the left (below image)

For further information please get in touch with Kirrily Frigo:

m: 0419 933 193

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