19 Year 11 students completed the annual Lorne 160 relay run from Corio to Lorne and back again on Thursday 20 September, raising funds for local charity Ocean Mind.


The Lorne 160 team, along with a handful of GGS staff members led by Lorne 160 coordinator Craig Durran, set-off at midnight from Corio Campus and made it to Lorne before 8.00am before completing the return leg. The team ran in small groups throughout, with the remaining students offering much-needed vocal support from the trailing minibus during their rest periods. 

“To have something tangible driving us – knowing how much our efforts will boost the work of Ocean Mind – was a fantastic motivator during the run,” current student Patrick Bates said.

For Rachael Parker, Founder and CEO of Ocean Mind, the funds raised through the Lorne 160 will make a massive difference.

“A contribution of this size is around a quarter of our total operating budget, so the support of the Lorne 160 team will enable us to deliver more programs for those young people needing support,” Rachael said.

Ocean Mind currently has a waiting list of around 30 young people and the extra funds will be used to deliver more programs, while maintaining the work they already do throughout the Surf Coast. It provides therapeutic surf programs for young people who are experiencing mental health issues, social isolation and disabilities.

“Ocean Mind changes lives through surfing,” Rachael said.

The fundraising tally is likely to rise further in the coming weeks, according to Patrick.

“We have a travel auction running, which will hopefully raise another $10,000, and a number of students had sponsors who would donate a certain amount for every kilometre completed throughout the relay,” Patrick explained.