More than 100 people have hit the water for the Paddle Against Poverty, paddling almost 15 kilometres down the coast on a variety of ‘boards’ to raise money for underprivileged children.
This is the 16th time the event has been held and is one of the biggest ever, with perfect conditions for paddlers.
The group has jumped in at Stanwell Park and headed to Thirroul on surfboards, SUPs and surf lifesaving boards, raising what’s hoped to be in excess of $20,000.
Some years the paddlers travel from Wollongong to Thirroul, with the direction of the paddle determined by the wind and the swell.
The Paddle is organised by the North Wollongong Branch of Christian Surfers, which event organiser Dan Hatton says is responsible for five sponsor children.
“Their annual care is paid for by this event,” says Dan. “We also make a donation to Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre, as well as giving money to other unsponsored children across the world.
“Last year we had 98 participants and the weather conditions were terrible, but it’s always great fun. This year the weather is expected to be fantastic, and we already have more than 80 people pre-registered, so I’m confident we can crack the hundred, and have a fantastic morning.”
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Photos thanks to Paddle Against Poverty Facebook