Mark Occhilupo, Tatum Moore and Tony Parsons are fundraising to help fight cancer.
Mark Occhilupo, Tatum Moore and Tony Parsons are fundraising to help fight cancer. Tweed Daily News

Surfers bowl over charity

WINNING a surfboard signed by former world surfing champs Mark “Occy” Occhilupo and Andy Irons might not help you surf like them.

But it will definitely strike a blow in the fight against breast cancer.

The board, which belonged to Irons and which both of the champs have signed, is being raffled by the Professionals Coolangatta Tweed real estate as part of a fundraising drive for breast cancer research.

The Professionals will hold a corporate bowling challenge at the Coolangatta Tweed Ten Pin Bowling Centre on Tuesday, October 20, and while it is already booked out, the centre's promotions manager Bob Hardie saw a chance to maximise the take when he spotted the surfing friends bowling one day.

“I asked them if there was anything they could donate,” he said.

“Andy Irons said he had a board in the car he didn't need and they would autograph it.”

Mr Hardie lost his mother to breast cancer and his sister is now battling the disease.

Occy said he was lucky to have no connection but, “it is a good cause and I like to help out”.

The signed surfboard, is on show at The Professionals Coolangatta Tweed, 54 Griffith Street, Coolangatta.

Tickets, at $5 each or three for $10, can be purchased at Professionals Banora Point and the bowling centre on Wharf Street, Tweed Heads.

Tony Parsons of the Professionals said that the agency had raised $46,500 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.



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