Disadvantaged kids experience the stoke of surfing on the Goldy

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Macquarie Sports & Surf For Life Project team up for SurfGroms session

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 April, 2016 – You couldn’t wipe the smiles off all the happy kids’ faces when the Surf For Life Project teamed up with Macquarie Sports and Aunties and Uncles to put the group through a Weet-Bix SurfGroms session on Saturday April 2nd at Greenmount Beach on the Gold Coast.

The Surf for Life Project aims to provide underprivileged children with the opportunity to learn to surf in a safe and exciting environment. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the group met up with Walkin’ On Water Surf School on a picture perfect day on the southern Gold Coast.

Over the course of the day they enjoyed two surf sessions in perfect learning conditions with all loving the experience of surfing.

Macquarie Sports ambassador and professional surfer Codie Klein came down for the day to hang out with the kids and help out during the lessons, something she obviously got a kick out of.

“Being able to see these kids experiencing the joy of surfing and the smiles on their faces is amazing and it is fantastic Macquarie Sports is involved in such an awesome program,” Klein said between surf lessons.

Chris McKenzie from Macquarie Sports said he had enjoyed the day immensely and like Klein thought the best part of the day was seeing how much joy surfing was bringing to the group whilst in the water.

“Seeing the young children of the Aunties and Uncles program having so much fun learning to surf was very rewarding. Being pushed onto their first wave by a professional surfer, Codie Klein, hopefully provided lasting memories for the children involved. It was great to be able to support such a worthwhile event as part of Macquarie Sports’ activities.”

Aunties and Uncles program is an early intervention and prevention program helping vulnerable and socially isolated children aged 1-11 years.

Wendy Bullock, Director of Aunties and Uncles Queensland spoke about the importance of the Surf For Life Program.

“It was such a lovely day with blue skies, clear water and excited children.By the end of the day it was smiles all round.When asked by Surfing Australia how the surfing day made them feel, every child said that it made them feel Happy!I am sure the lessons learnt about the surf and the fun they had will stay with them for a long time,”she said.

The goal for the Surf for Life Project in 2016 is to raise $100,000 and help 2000 Aussie kids become surfers for life

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