Julia Kala

SUP Thames Challenge

Fundraising for stem4
raised of £3,200 target
by 83 supporters

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We aim to to support teenage mental health


3rd May 2021 

I am pleased to announce that the SUP Thames Challenge come
to the end.

Over the nine days, two crazy SUPers paddled the length of
the Thames raising mental health awareness while uniting fellow paddlers and raising £3,200 for stem4 charity!

Help us to reach our target and make a bigger impact!


1st January 2021

In Spring 2021, I will undertake my personal SUP challenge with an aim to paddle the entire length of the Thames, England’s greatest river - 320 km - and raise £3,200 for a great cause!  💪 👊

I plan to paddle the Thames in one go over several days during the Early May Bank Holiday - exact time and distance subject to change depending on the weather or river conditions, as well as, required permissions to paddle throughout the London sections.

As I will be paddling all along the Thames, It would be amazing if some of YOU fellow paddlers would come along say hi or paddle with me for a bit to brighten up my journey! 💙 

During the upcoming time, I will be sharing with you my planning and official updates on Facebook and Instagram - @itsSUPera. The final paddle will be tracked via Live Exhibition powered by Paddle Logger to share my progress with you as I go in live mode. This way you will have an opportunity to be part of this journey in any form you chose.  

I will be raising money for the Stem4, a charity that supports teenage mental health that has impacted directly and digitally over 2 million individuals and collaborates with 519 schools in the UK. 


My story & why stem4?

Some people may call me shy and easy-going, yet others say I'm bold, confident, and crazy,  then some would say I am bossy and assertive.  Basically, I'm just a big contradiction hehe, but people who know me personally know that I am a warrior or ’Wonder woman’.

As a teenager, I experienced bullying at school and had a short episode of self-harm. Whereas, in adult life as a young mum, I have to face single parenting, which can be sometimes a lonely journey. Fight over depression and manage panic attacks. 

What I have learned over that period of time is that people who surround us play an incredible role in our lives and without them and the right support I wouldn’t be the person I am today. 

Unfortunately, not everyone has a strong support network in their life and during uncertain times like now, mental health becomes even more important. I hope that thanks to this challenge I will bring awareness about the importance of mental health and help Steam4 provide the incredible support which they do on daily basis.

About the charity


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Our mission is to foster the development of good mental health in teenagers through enhancing early understanding and awareness, promoting shared early detection and signposting towards prompt action and intervention.

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