JAMES Julian and Gene Williams are no strangers to completing the Rottnest Channel Swim solo but this year they’re teaming up as a duo after becoming close mates following the death of a friend to suicide.
The 25-year-olds said the tragic death highlighted how important it was for young men to be open and honest and talk to each other.
“We’ve made it our goal to highlight men’s mental health and have nominated The Kai Eardley Fund as our charity to help raise money and awareness of the issue,” Mr Julian, of Attadale, said.
“We believe it’s a fantastic opportunity to reach a wider audience and decrease the stigma that often comes with young men being honest about their feelings.”
The Kai Eardley Fund helps educate young men about mental health and equips them with the skills to recover from life’s setbacks.
The duo, who manage pool professionally, swim about 20km a week and aim to raise $20,000.
To donate, visit bit.ly/swim4kai.