Paddle Against Poverty: Wollongong

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The call has been made, the paddle is on! We are starting at STANWELL PARK and paddling to Thirroul. Registration will be from 7-7:30am, before a safety briefing and paddling by 8am sharp. All kayaks and larger sea-faring craft are to register and attend the safety briefing at Stanwell Park before driving south to Coalcliff to launch.

Meet at Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Lifesaving Club - 1 Beach Rd, Stanwell Park.


If you want a unique challenge in surfing and would like to do something for impoverished children, this is a great chance make a world of difference!

Use your surfing to help others. Join in with Christian Surfers North Wollongong as they raise ongoing sponsorship for the ninteenth year in the education of five children through Compassion Australia (Philippines, Indonesia, Kenya) and contribute thousands more dollars towards unsponsored children the world over. This year all cash donations will go to Waves for Water to provide clean drinking water for those living without.

Anyone who wants to have a go, as long as they are of high school age (with permission) and above. Younger participants are able to paddle with direct parental supervision. We have had age ranges from 10 to 60 in previous paddles.

Meeting at 7am, Saturday, March 30, at Helensburgh-Stanwell Park Surf Club and paddling to Thirroul. The paddle generally takes around 3 hours.

Secure a rescue or racing board, stand-up paddle board or surf ski/kayak. Rubber Duckie and jet-ski support, along with larger boats, will accompany us and paddlers can rest on board. A support vehicle on land will be available driving alongside and paddlers can exit the water at any point. Mobile phone contact is maintained throughout.

Access a board or ski (contact your local SLSC via a member). On the day bring sunscreen; food and water; rash shirt or light wetsuit (a full steamer will likely be far too warm!) A BBQ lunch will be provided at completion on the beach.

If you are under 18 you will need to have a parent or guardian sign a waiver. Waivers will be available on the morning, but if your parent or guardian is not dropping you off, please make sure you download and print the waiver and have it signed and with you or you will not be able to paddle. Download the waiver here.


The easiest way to raise money is by signing up with Everyday Hero and raising funds online, the instructions for this are below. You may also raise sponsorship by self-funding, but all cash must be collected on the morning of the paddle and we recommend a minimum of $120 for an individual or $200 for a family - though the sky is the limit! Make any cheques payable to 'Christian Surfers'.

Instructions for signing up with Everyday Hero:

  • Go to Everyday Hero

  • Create your page title (normally just your own name) and a target amount to raise

  • Add in your personal details and log-in with Facebook or email

  • Go to our team page and click on 'Join this Team'

  • Share your supporter page link with as many friends and family as you can!

We know this side of things can be a little confusing but we appreciate your effort. Contact us if you have any trouble.


Registration for the Paddle Against Poverty is through Eventbrite. Please note that registration through Eventbrite and sponsorship through Everyday Hero are two separate and necessary steps.