A GROUP of Aubin Grove Primary School teachers are getting in deep for a good cause this weekend.
Two teams of six teachers will swim the Port to Pub Rottnest Challenge to raise money for Cockburn organisation Assisting Your Life to Achieve (AYLA).
Deputy principal and participant Mesha Steel said teachers set themselves the challenge in September.
“Our aim was to do something proactive and positive for our staff to address mental health and wellbeing,” she said.
“They wanted to be role models and also raise awareness that good mental health can come from doing something positive for others in the community.
“We have never taken on a challenge like this before, which was the reason why we took on the 20km open water challenge because we wanted to take on something that would be quite big for us all.
“So with only a few more sleeps to go we are all very nervous, excited and just hoping the sharks don’t get in the way so we can make it the full 20km.”
They have been tTraining since October at the Cockburn Arc and Coogee Beach and Ms Steel said it had produced camaraderie and friendship among all the teachers. They are hoping to raise more than $3000 for their chosen charity.
“Our comradeship and friendship has really developed because of this team goal, which is important when you are working with such a large staff,” Ms Steel said.
“We chose to support AYLA not only because they are in our community and support our citizens in a variety of ways, they are also a relatively new organisation, like us, and we are looking to develop a long-term partnership with ALYA in an effort to give back to our community, who have been so amazing in supporting our school over that last eight years, while we have been establishing ourselves.”
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/agps-port-to-pub-for-ayla.