Five blokes, a pair of speedos & a snowy mountain

    Five mates are climbing Mt Kosciuszko wearing nothing but cossies to raise big bucks to tackle youth depression, anxiety and suicide.

    Can we love this crew of blokes any more?

    The founders of the mission to climb Australia’s highest mountain in the dead of winter while wearing only budgie smugglers, Ben Andersen and Blake Leonard, are secondary school teachers at Engadine High School in Sydney’s south. As teachers, they have regular experiences dealing with young people wrestling with depression, anxiety and suicide and have seen the damage and pain that these issues can cause for young people, their friends and their families.

    So they decided to do something challenging and entertaining to raise money and awareness of beyondblue, to make a positive impact on our local school community. They quickly realised, however, that through Kossie in Cossies, they have a far wider potential to impact a broader audience.

    Go boys go!

    You can donate to the cause and their $100 000 fundraising target by donating on their EverydayHero page.



    Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017, a former columnist for Mountainwatch and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.

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