Suffering to set a record
Tackling mental health issues with physicality
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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A TOUCH ACT: Bill smashes his goal and helps break down the stigma around mental illness.
SETTING RECORDS: Bill Birdseye is going to great lengths to raise awareness around mental health.