Hometown: Long Reef Beach
Do good, feel good…
Each day in February I’m getting on board for SurFebruary and raising funds for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Your donations support services and programs for people with cancer. They drive innovation in research, improve care, and provide equal access to all our services for everyone.
It only takes a minute and anything you can give (no matter how large or small) will go a long way to helping me reach my target. Thank you, I really appreciate your support.
See you in the water!
SurFebruary dedicationTuesday 19th Jan Raising a family requires dedication & has to be one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life.
The event that changed my lifeSunday 10th Jan
I am here to celebrate life.
When you have stared death in the face & survived your perspective in life changes forever. You better appreciate everything you have & no longer take things for granted. You value your relationships with others more. It is the biggest wake up call.
For me it wasn’t cancer, but as a six year old I stepped in front of a motor vehicle on a busy road where the driver didn’t see me crossing. After waking up from a coma in hospital I had no recollection of my life to this point, including who my family were and I had to start over. Was this a second chance at life? You bet! I thank God every day for the life I have that almost wasn’t.
Funds are needed for cancer research and to help people suffering from cancer gain a second chance.
I have previously done a different type of volunteering. As a young adult in the late 1980’s I was a member of the St Kevin’s Youth Group which was lead by Father Blaise Baron. One of the activities we used to do was once a month on a Saturday night we would travel to the city to the Matthew Talbot Hostel in Woolloomooloo, a shelter for homeless men. We picked up a van which was full of sandwiches & coffee and travel through the City, Kings Cross & Darlinghurst & distribute the food and have a chat to the homeless people living in the streets. The experience was very humbling, making you appreciate the comfort of having a roof over your head and a bed to sleep in.
This commitment with SurFebruary is going to be awesome. I was asked by a great friend of mine to look at participating & I jumped at it. So this is my first year.
Surfing has always been a part of my life and I am extremely greatful having been brought up close to the beach. Surfing keeps me fit, agile & happy. I learn many things about myself including confronting my fears, experiencing exhilaration & having the greatest adrenaline rush by taking enormous risks and pushing barriers never imagined. The odd kamikaze take off can result in the best wave ridden. Surfing gives me time to reflect what is going on in my life & I actually solve many work & family issues while waiting for the next wave. It also gives me the opportunity to feel of being one with mother earth. I will never forget sitting out the back of the surf on a big session at Dee Why Beach one morning before work & having a huge pod of more than 50 dolphins swim past both sides of me, not once, but twice. They were so calm & so close I could have touched them. It was surreal.
Thank you to my Sponsors
Surf Photos Of You
Robert J Burton
Adrian And Lise Noon
Charter Group Finance
Cathy & Joanna