The Lifeline WA team raised a combined $185,311 in June 2021 during The Push-Up Challenge. Among the participants was 35-year-old Daniel Cowley-Cooper, who accounted for more than $36,000 of the funds raised.
Daniel’s older brother Glen was one of the people lost to suicide in 2019, accounting for one of the 3,318 the push-ups represented.
"Since the loss of my brother, I found it hard to partake in a charity that associates with fun activities as I was still carrying a level of sadness and pain from his passing," Daniel says.
"When I saw The Push-Up Challenge and the value that every push-up related to lives lost in 2019 and how personal that is to me, I felt an immediate calling to participate and do the very best I could with the challenge and raising funds. The pain that my brother must have felt, and the pain my family feels, is something that I never want anyone else to feel in their lifetime."
The funds raised by Daniel and other participants of the Lifeline WA team have helped help provide necessary support for services, raising awareness of mental health and ensuring that no one has to face their darkest moments alone.