Locals RizeUp to raise $10k for DV advocate

Recent news headlines on the Gold Coast have not been pretty.

Man charged with burning brother alive”; “Woman held hostage, threatened with fire and knives”.

Those are just two of the horrific cases of alleged domestic violence that occurred on the Gold Coast on Saturday.


The following day, thousands of locals crowded bars and clubs to watch a convicted wife beater punch the stuffing out of his opponent in the Mayweather-McGregor boxing match.

Incidentally, following the bout, a major brawl erupted between spectators at the Surfers Paradise Beer Garden, resulting in one man being stabbed in the neck.

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Meantime, 30 fit locals competed in the Fastlane 50 event to raise funds for domestic violence victims.

Finally, something we can celebrate!

Every person gave up their Saturday free-time to workout non-stop for 90-minutes.

They all completed every station which meant each person did 100 exercise stations and generated thousands of dollars in fundraising for Gold Coast-based DV advocate, RizeUp.

30 fit locals competed in the Fastlane 50 event. Image: Supplied

Wickedbodz owner Mark Mathie and head trainer James Matolich came up with the idea for the fundraiser after seeing news stories like those that shocked the community on the very day their event was taking place.

“We are horrified that DV is such an epidemic here,” they said.

“We have even heard personal stories from our members and instead of just voicing our disgust and anger, we decided to put our money where our mouths are and put a plan into action to help support a charity who is making a difference and actively supporting families who are escaping violent domestic situations.”

They have now raised over $10k and counting, both through sponsorship of participants on Saturday’s Fastlane 50, and through some silent auctions and a donation page.

“It was no easy feat, we set the finish goal high in the hopes of raising as much money as possible and we can’t begin to tell you how impressed we are that everyone finished and were all so committed to helping RizeUp.”

Mark and James with Niyah, 8, who donated $60 from her piggy bank. Image: Supplied

The fitness group included generous youngster Niyah Takao, 8, who emptied her entire piggy bank of coins totalling $60 to sponsor herself.

Maybe Mayweather should empty his piggy bank and donate the extraordinary US$200m he earned from Sunday’s 30-minute boxing match.


If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit the website. In an emergency, call 000.