We invite you to join us on our mission to significantly impact the lives of our young students by paddling around the waterways of Isle of Capri for 24 hours in the name of Building Better Men.
When: 13th October, 2022
Where: Departing from Capri on Via Roma Jetty
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The winner will be drawn 2:30pm, 13th October 2022 via Facebook Live.
Your donation could change the futures of our young men aged 15-18.
Every year MOB Academy fundraises for a purpose. This year we are raising money for our Academy expansion located at 7 Nerang Street, Southport. This building will not only be an extension of our current facility but it will also be a safe and supportive drop-in centre for MOB Alumni as well as local youth who need more guidance in where to go in life after school.
This building is providing us with the ability to cater to more students, reduce our class sizes even more and open new doors for our students. With the money you raise, we fund a new way of delivering education and tailoring individualised programs to the needs of our young men across social/emotional support, life skills, finding a job, sourcing safe housing and so much more.
We want this space to be a warm, safe and inviting environment for our young men to thrive.
In 2019 founder Marco Renai paddled the waterways around the Isle of Capri with his two friends Lee and Clint to raise money to go towards our Academy which officially opened its doors April 2020. The Capri on Via Roma 24-Hour Paddle contributed over $50,000 to go towards the building and construction of our school. Following the success and coverage of our paddle we were able to get the word about MOB out to the broader Gold Coast community, helping attract many of our families who now attend the Academy itself.
Following on from that successful inaugural 24-hour event, our boys braved the waters for a second and third time in 2020 and 2021 raising a total of $300,000 which has allowed us to purchase two school buses to transport our students and set up Australia’s first in house driving school while attracting the incredible support from local businesses such as; Body Science, Mow Hair, Sotheby’s, Safety mate, NaviG8 Biz, Stokes Wheeler, Build Safe, JIC Projects, SOMA Technology, Prospace Projects and many more.
Marco, Clint and Lee came up with the idea to paddle around the Isle of Capri for 24 consecutive hours raising $50,000 and much needed awareness for MOB Academy.
10 teams resonated with the cause, raising $110,000 for two school buses to transport students to TAFE, work experience and job sites.
Our most successful event yet, with 15 teams paddling, raising $210,000 to open Australia’s first in house driving school, to help our students get their L’s and hours which launched in May 2022.
All paddlers will depart and finish from the Capri on Via Roma Jetty at 10am on the 13th October, 2022 and finish 10am on the 14th October, 2022.