The annual Disabled Surfers Day was held at Evans Head on October 18.
The annual Disabled Surfers Day was held at Evans Head on October 18. Contributed

"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".

Ryder Harvey, Iris Hobbins and Angel Harvey volunteered to help out at the Disabled surfers Day at Evans Head.
Ryder Harvey, Iris Hobbins and Angel Harvey volunteered to help out at the Disabled surfers Day at Evans Head. Contributed

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.

Mick Sellars and Evans Head Malibu Club treasurer Dianne Smith present a cheque to Vice-President of DSA Neil Biddle, with volunteers Jasmine and Margreet, at the annual disabled surfers day at Evans Head.
Mick Sellars and Evans Head Malibu Club treasurer Dianne Smith present a cheque to Vice-President of DSA Neil Biddle, with volunteers Jasmine and Margreet, at the annual disabled surfers day at Evans Head. Contributed

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.



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