Jason ‘Jman’ - Not all heroes wear capes, some of them fly drones. The story behind @dronesharkapp
Just passed the iconic Bondi Icebergs, every morning at 8am you’ll see 3 men sitting on a rock, 2 drones flying overhead and a sign that says @dronesharkapp ‘shark spotting for surfers and swimmers’. Most people would assume it’s a hobby, but this is a story of friendship, resilience and sacrifice. There’s an octopus that will lay it’s eggs in a secluded cave, protecting them, without feeding for 8 months. As they start to hatch, the octopus would have already died of starvation in its final sacrifice as it a parent. It’s instinct to love and protect the parts of you that will live on. Jason, the creator of @dronesharkapp suffered a huge loss in his family. The passing of his wife to breast cancer left him to raise his two children alone. Most people would let this swallow them like the sea. And it nearly did. Carlos ‘losman’, Jason’s best friend and business partner had a dream one night that Jason was losing a terrible battle, reaching out for help. After not having spoken for a year, Carlos calls him the next day to ask if he’s ok. To his surprise, he had caught Jason in his most vulnerable hour, devastated at the loss of his wife, raising two kids as a single parent, desperately trying to finish a building job, searching for the answer. Hearing this, Carlos threw in the towel at a high paying job and did what any good friend would do, picked up his tools and helped Jason finish the job. Later on, in a light bulb moment, Jason developed the @dronesharkapp as a way of keeping surfers and swimmers safe in the ocean. They watch over Bondi, saving lives and creating awareness around the local marine life. But, this is only a small reason they get up everyday. Jasons two children, who for obvious reasons suffer depression and anxiety from the loss of their mother. ‘It’s all for them, it’s so my kids can see this and have hope.’ Jason aims to gain a big enough following so that he can expand this service to other beaches, educate millions and build something that can support his kids, that will last long after he’s gone. The final sacrifice as a parent.