"Surfers helping surfers" with Disabled Surfers Day donation
EVANS Head hosted an annual Disabled Surfers Day and the organising group was elated to receive a donation from the Evans Head Malibu Club.
"The Evans Head Malibu Club annually donate some proceeds of their successful long weekend malibu classic to this great cause," spokeswoman Jan Hobbins said.
She said it was a case of "surfers helping surfers".
The annual day for the Northern Rivers Disabled Surfers sees volunteers assist each surfer in teams, some entering beach and water events with help of beach wheelchairs.
"All of this is only possible through donations and volunteers," Jan said.
The Disabled Surfers Association was established in 1986 by Gary Blaschke after a motorcycle accident in which he lost his knee cap and underwent extensive rehabilitation.
Gary saw a void that needed to be filled as over the years, many surfers with disabilities have unfortunately been loners with no one to help them get back into the water.
Many suffer from disabilities that the general public would not consider a disability.
From asthmatics to joint injuries to paraplegic, many members have found friendship, support and have renewed their interest in surfing.
Gary's vision quickly extended to all classes of disabilities, as it is today - a voluntary organisation.