OneWave Port Macquarie joins global Mexican wave

Onewave: Greg Trembath, Jess Trembath, Ken Blacker, Charlotte Burley and Karen Fulton want you to join them on Flynns Beach for Friday's Onewave event.
Onewave: Greg Trembath, Jess Trembath, Ken Blacker, Charlotte Burley and Karen Fulton want you to join them on Flynns Beach for Friday's Onewave event.

OneWave Port Macquarie will on Friday participate in a co-ordinated, 100-beach global Mexican wave to celebrate the group’s fourth birthday.

And you’re invited to join them. In your loudest, brightest fluro outfit.

Spokesperson Ken Blacker said all OneWave groups around Australia and the world will meet at 6.30am for a giant Mexican wave as part of the celebration.

“The aim of the giant fluro Mexican wave is to show support for anyone who has struggled with a mental illness or a challenge to their mental wellbeing, watched someone they love struggle with a mental illness and in honouring all the people we lose each year in our community,” Mr Blacker said.

“OneWave founder Grant Trebilco started the movement in Bondi four years ago and it has now gone global with California, Hawaii, Mexico, New Zeland, Bali, India, Samoa and Fiji joining the movement.

“We want to let anyone facing mental health challenges know they are not alone. We will be playing our part, and joining hands on Flynns Beach.

“As Grant says, ‘the only way we are going to beat an issue that so many people suffer alone is by standing strong together’.”

Mr Blacker said the vision was to give people hope they can beat mental health issues by creating a supportive community connected by the ocean and sharing a simple recipe of saltwater therapy, surfing, fluro and fun.

“But you do not have to surf. People can go for a swim, walk, do yoga or just sit and observe,” he added.

Another aim of OneWave is to make the invisible struggle of mental illness visible and to show support for anyone who has ever struggled with the funk of mental illness.

OneWave Port Macquarie started just six months ago but already has a strong unit of people who participate in Fluro Friday’s at Flynns Beach.

To find out more go to the event Facebook page at Onewave Port Macquarie.