Nicole McDonnell, Angie MacDonald, Luke Mullins and Jeff Merefield.
Nicole McDonnell, Angie MacDonald, Luke Mullins and Jeff Merefield. John Gass /TWE160212fun

Surfers open hearts and wallets

WHAT could be better than spending your spare time catching a wave?

Many surfers would say "nothing."

But a group of good-hearted wave riders have gone one step further to embrace the concept of altruism by supporting canteen in its fight against cancer.

On the third Sunday of each month they come together at Rainbow Bay Beach for a special breakfast to raise money for the organisation.

"We've had a great life in paradise doing what we love," said president of the Table of Knowledge Boardriders, Jeff Merefield.

"We want to give something to the community and specifically to kids with cancer.

"We have over 100 members so that amounts to quite a contribution.

"We get to surf, have a great breakfast and help a worthy cause.

"That's pretty sweet."

Telstra donated a rainbow-coloured gazebo to the cause and joined in the fundraising efforts today at Rainbow Bay Beach.

"Nicole McDonnell from Tweed's Telstra Shop said 'the boys' are 'amazing'.

"These wonderful surfers have hearts of gold," she told My Daily News.

Today was their first fundraiser for the year, with around 50 boardriders taking time out to donate their $5 and slip in a quick surf.

Food for the breakfast is donated by local businesses, with the Rainbow Bay Surf Club and Aristocrat gaming Machines also acting as sponsors.



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