Brother's legacy still creates waves for disadvantaged youth
JUST as the ocean caresses the sand and pulls with it the footprints left before, Tamara Smith felt a force to keep her brother's salty soul alive.
The surfing community was shattered after Tyler Kennedy tragically died while on a holiday in Bali two years ago. He was 31.
Yet Tyler's memory continues to live on in Salty Souls Legacy, a charity which helps disadvantaged youth become apart of a community and experience the sea's healing effects.
Now almost a year since its inception, Mrs Smith said the positive impact they've made would make her brother "proud as punch”.
"We've had no reports of boards ending up in pawn brokers ... I'm sure everyone thought that they'd all end up just being hocked, which hasn't happened,” she said.
"We spoke with a foster carer, and one day when we were watching her girls out there, she said 'it's because of your brother that my girls are out there smiling', and I was floored.
"We're just all in this together.”
To ensure Mrs Smith and her brother Michael Kennedy continue to change lives on the Coast, Maroochy RSL is gathering the troops for an epic trivia event.
The best of the best game shows will be morphed into a night of entertainment and raising funds for the "inspiring” charity on August 6 from 7pm.
Mrs Smith said she was "really humbled” of the RSL's support.
"The idea that what we are doing was enough for them to just back us was mind-blowing,” she said.
"In a way, I just think thank God for them, because they've made it clear they're going to support us as long as they can.”
Maroochy RSL CEO Clare Paton said the club is glad to be a sponsor.
"The charity offers life changing experiences and invaluable mentoring; we hope that everyone will turn out for this event to help them continue to make a big difference in little lives,” she said.
"It's a fundraiser that is close to our hearts.”
Head to Maroochy RSL's website for more.