Surfer going all out for VMR fundraisers

By NADINE FISHER

COOLANGATTA professional surfer Trudy Todd's passion for Duranbah Beach has inspired her to organise a series of fundraising events to ensure the future of the world-renowned wave break.

The first of six events ? Bright Nights full moon beach party ? will be held on Sunday night on Duranbah Beach.

recently back from her win at the Rip Curl Pro WCT held at California's Malibu Point, Ms Todd has lined up the six parties to be held throughout summer with funds raised to help Point Danger Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) continue providing their valuable service.

"I wanted to do something to help save the beach at Duranbah. I've lived on the hill here for 12 years and have always lived in the area. I surf here and it's a big part of my life," Ms Todd said.

"The Point Danger VMR save people's lives and do surf rescues, so I thought this would be a good positive way to support the beach and the services available," she said.

"And they've also saved my dog many times."

Point Danger VMR vice president John Gnech said they were elated to hear of Ms Todd's fundraising plans.

"Trudy has seen fit to take us under her wing and do some fundraising which is fabulous," Mr Gnech said.

"It costs $160,000 a year to keep the organisation afloat and we receive a combined total of $30,000 from the NSW and Queensland state governments," he said.

"The rest of the funds are made up from local clubs and businesses and the community who support our raffles and shop at Point Danger."

Mr Gnech said funds raised from the beach parties would help provide new radio masks and cover some of the costs associated with running vessels.

"The increase in fuel costs has impacted on us with the running of our vessels and we receive no subsidy for unleaded petrol. We are run completely by volunteers and have no paid members," he said.

"We haven't got the luxury of saying ... well we won't train this weekend or we won't go out there and rescue those people. we have to continue to operate."

The Bright Nights beach party, which will be fully fenced, kicks off at 4pm continuing until 2am and will feature five DJ's pumping out the latest hits, fashion parades presented by Levi's and a bar.

Tickets are $15 from Substance in Griffith Street, Coolangatta or $20 at the event.



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