Christian surfers paddled against poverty from Sawtell to Coffs Harbour on Saturday.
Christian surfers paddled against poverty from Sawtell to Coffs Harbour on Saturday. BRUCE THOMAS

Surfers paddle for poverty

CHRISTIAN surfers have muscled up a ton of charitable goodwill and shoulder strength and paddled 10 kilometres from Sawtell to Coffs Harbour as a fundraiser for Balinese street kids.

A group of 36 took part in the second annual Coffs Coast Paddle Against Poverty fundraiser and collected $10,000 for the Bali Life Foundation.

The flotilla of paddle boards set out from Sawtell Main Beach just after 6am and reached the South Wall, after a few breaks, around 9.30am.

"This was my first paddle, it wasn't too bad, the breaks were needed though and I'm still feeling sore in the arms," Paddle Against Poverty participant Isaac Harrigan said.

"We were supported by three boats on the paddle and the Sawtell and Coffs Harbour surf clubs lent us the clubbie boards for the day," he said.

Paddle Against Poverty fund- raisers have been run in NSW by the Christian Surfers Association for the past 14 years, with participants collecting donations and pledges online.

The Bali Life Foundation describes itself as a small charity with a big heart, looking after 20 children aged 5 to 15 who have been orphaned, abandoned or cast out onto the streets of Bali.

Donations can continue to be made at Paddle Against Poverty.



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