What were you doing in Year 12?
Brisbane student Rohan is putting all of our teenage selves to shame by organising an ambitious fundraiser for SANE Australia, with a goal of raising $5000.
"I decided to run a 24 hour climb-a-thon at Kangaroo Point cliffs with a team of 12 climbers" he says.
"The reason I chose this is because my older brother has struggled with anxiety and OCD for many years, which also led to a period of addiction to a medically prescribed drug. I have seen first hand the impact of this on the individual, their family and friends and know how important it is for so much more research to be done to support mental health awareness and issues. I found SANE Australia and like the work they are doing, so I decided to make a difference through supporting them."
Rohan (second from left) and a group of climbing friends
The climb-a-thon will form part of Rohan's Senior Research Project at school, where he has chosen to research the impacts of physical exercise on mental health issues.
"One of the only things that helps [my brother] focus is rock climbing, hence my choice of a climb-a-thon event."
At the time of writing, Rohan has already raised over $2200 and is well on his way to reaching his goal.
If you'd like to read more of his story, and support him in his efforts to fundraise for SANE, you can take a look at his Everyday Hero page here.