Suf­fer­ing to set a record

Tack­ling men­tal health is­sues with phys­i­cal­ity

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LOCAL LIFE - Carly Cullen Carly.Cullen@sc­news.com.au

BILL Bird­s­eye has ex­er­cised all day to set a Guin­ness World Record.

The process was gru­elling, but his pur­pose and mis­sion is wor­thy. Bill is set­ting the record to raise aware­ness for sui­cide pre­ven­tion and do­nate the raised funds to Sun­shine Coast char­ity Bam­boo Projects – an or­gan­i­sa­tion tack­ling men­tal health with water ac­tiv­i­ties and hu­man con­nec­tion.

ONE tough gen­tle­man has at­tempted to set a new Guin­ness World Record to raise aware­ness about men­tal health and sui­cide pre­ven­tion.

William ‘Bill’ Bird­s­eye, 57, re­cently ex­er­cised from 7am–7pm.

“The record is for the most chest dips in 12 hours.

“There is no ac­tual record at the mo­ment so I am go­ing to set it,” he said.

Bill an­tic­i­pated he would achieve about 3500 dips but, by the end of the day, he smashed his goal by more than 900.

Com­plet­ing 4435 in 12 hours puts him in good stead to claim the record but he said con­fir­ma­tion would still be months away.

“We’ve got to gather all the info to­gether – the videos, me­dia con­tent and wit­ness state­ments – and send it off,” he said.

“Af­ter that it takes about 12 weeks for them to say yes or no.”

Bill has been pre­par­ing for the record set­ting by train­ing solidly for the pre­vi­ous 14 weeks.

“I’ve got a diet coach to make sure my diet is on track, Adam from Sport Nu­tri­tion has been help­ing me with that.

“Phys­i­cal train­ing is im­por­tant but I couldn’t do it with crappy nu­tri­tion.

“I go to the gym reg­u­larly and I do these chest dips all the time.

“Be­cause I do them often I fig­ured it would be a great way to raise aware­ness for a good cause,” he said.

Bill said he knew Bam­boo Projects’ Chris Pater­son from at­tend­ing Im­pact Strength and Fit­ness gym.

It was from this con­nec­tion Bill de­cided to set the record, raise funds and help break down the stigma around men­tal health.

Which is largely what Bam­boo Projects is about, tack­ling men­tal ill­ness.

“You know, rais­ing the money I don’t re­ally care about, the most im­por­tant part is about rais­ing the aware­ness.

Fam­i­lies go through so much pain when sui­cide hap­pens to a fam­ily mem­ber.

“Some fam­i­lies go through that pain for the rest of their life. Do­ing the record, I know my pain will only last 12 hours,” said Bill.

“It’s about bring­ing out the aware­ness of sui­cide aware­ness. We have Be­yond Blue and other ones but Bam­boo Projects is lo­cal to the Sun­shine Coast.

“I don’t want to knock other com­pa­nies that do great work but Bam­boo Projects is in our lit­tle com­mu­nity.

“We’ve got a lot of money

pledged, about a thou­sand dol­lars so far. It’s hard to say un­til it’s all tal­lied up,” he said.

How­ever, Bill’s not keen on be­ing the mid­dle man.He said “if any­one wants to make do­na­tions they can do­nate it straight to Bam­boo Projects”.

Bam­boo Projects is run by power cou­ple Chris and Kristy and they are elated by Bill’s gen­eros­ity.

“He is do­ing huge things for our char­ity and is so com­mit­ted. We are hon­oured. He kindly de­cided that all funds raised is go­ing to be do­nated to our char­ity Bam­boo Projects,” Kristy said.

To sup­port Bill and do­nate con­tact bam­boopro­jects@out­look.com.

❝fam­i­lies Some

go through that pain for the rest of their life. Do­ing the record, I know my pain will only last 12 hours.

— William ‘Bill’ Bird­s­eye

If you or a loved one need sup­port call Life­line 13 11 14.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

A TOUCH ACT: Bill smashes his goal and helps break down the stigma around men­tal ill­ness.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

SET­TING RECORDS: Bill Bird­s­eye is go­ing to great lengths to raise aware­ness around men­tal health.

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