Susan Berg faces fear for McAuley

Susan Berg is tackling her fear of water head on to raise funds for our family violence services.

Susan, who spoke at the 24/7 Cocktail Party in 2015, is the author of “The Girl Who Lived” – a book, which is an autobiographical account of her life since the tragic loss of her family in a boating accident when she was 15 years old. Susan was the sole survivor.

Susan has fiercely avoided water since the tragedy but that is about to change. She has signed up to swim the Lorne Pier to Pub in 2017 and hopes to raise $100,000 for our services.

After the horrific accident, Susan went on to endure more significant challenges, including family violence.

“The more I have learned about family violence, the more it has made me realise that I need to confront my fears as I continue my journey of healing,” Susan said.

Writing her book was one way of overcoming the demons. Her story has received extensive media attention, including features on Sunrise, Studio 10, articles in Woman’s Day, That’s Life, The Sunday Age and many radio interviews.

“After talking to women and encouraging them to confront their fears, I have decided to do the same.”

The Lorne Pier to Pub is the world's largest organised open water swim and attracts around 5,000 participants.

“It will take considerable time for me to prepare both mentally and physically as swimming is my greatest fear after the drowning of my family.”

“By confronting my own fear, I will be helping McAuley Community Services for Women to continue its extraordinary work to support women and children be safe after they have left family violence.”

If you would like to support Susan Berg or find out more, please contact her on: susan_berg@hotmail.com