2019-Christopher

Christopher

Nominated by Chaeli Campaign

All 2019 Children’s Peace Prize Nominees

Christopher is a long distance open water swimmer who wanted to use his abilities to give back to society in some way. He noticed that many children at school sufferred from mental illness and realised that it constitutes a continuous struggle. He founded SWIM FOR CHANGE, a registered non-profit company, in 2015. A 12-hour Swimathon is representative of the struggle people suffering from mental illnesses have. Christopher and his friend Reece Slade have hosted three Mental Health Awareness Swimathons in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Funds raised are used to host experts in the field to address schools on mental health education. They have identified the lack of structures in schools and are currently setting up Mental Health Strategies that will serve as support. Christopher is a regular volunteer for the Roxy Adaptive Surfing Day, which assists surfers with disabilities. The friends are now trying to register a new non-profit called Earth Kids Org.