Student Success Story – David Ogg

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David Ogg student success story

Diving in the deep end is something Australis College graduate David Ogg is used to.

Whether it is in business, study, or fundraising for charity, Mr Ogg faces each challenge with determination and his long distance ocean swim is the latest example.

On May 14th Mr Ogg took to the water at the Sunshine Coast to compete in the Island Charity Swim where participants swam from Mudjimba beach, out around Old Woman Island and then back into Mooloolaba beach to finish, and all in an effort to raise money for a charity that is close to his heart.

David has actively raised over $28,000 for Multiple Sclerosis, Miracle Babies and this weekend’s swim will assist Nambour and Currimundi special schools, and Australis College is proud to be a supporter of Mr Ogg’s fundraising efforts.

Mr Ogg said he enjoys challenging himself by pushing his body to the extreme. “I’ve had this in the back of my mind for a while,” he said.

“I did a few ironman races which were 3.8km to 4km swims so this will be a big step up. This swim is much longer than any I have done before, but I am up for the challenge,” he said.

Australis College Managing Director Andrew Hetherington formed part of the support team for the marathon swim by kayaking the distance with Mr Ogg.

Mr Hetherington said, “It is easy to be inspired by people like David and his family. It is people like David that make communities stronger. Australis College is very proud to support his fundraising efforts.”

This determination is one of the reasons Mr Ogg also excels in business and study.

After being in finance for over a decade, David formalised his existing industry experience and extended his knowledge by completing an FNS50315 Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management two years ago at Australis College.

Mr Ogg completed the course in under 12 months after a successful application for an Australis College Scholarship.

Mr Ogg has built his own business and is a managing director of the Sunshine Coast based Abcott Financial Services

“The finance and mortgage industry means I can balance work with my family commitments, as well as my passion for making a difference with my fundraising activities. My family has received heartfelt support from a number of organisations in the past, and the fundraising my family does is just a small way we can give back, so that others can benefit in the future.” he said.

David’s fundraising for his marathon swim is through the website gofundraise and donations can still be made until the end of May 2016, to make a donation click here.