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Local Legends: Surfing 25 Beaches Across the Illawarra to Make an Impact

The experience of homelessness can be defined in many different ways, including people living in crisis accommodation, rough sleeping or those in temporary housing. Being within the property sector and housing being a basic necessity, this issue is very close to the heart for us. The bottom line is, everyone deserves to have a home. We are so excited to share with you the story of the 25 Beach Challenge we are sponsoring for a second time, which helps to support young Australians facing homelessness.

At 17 years old, local teenager Zac founded this incredible event to combine his love of surfing with wanting to give back to those affected by the devastating bushfires that ravaged the NSW South Coast in 2019-20. The challenge began before dawn at Stanwell Park Beach as Zac surfed 3 waves at every beach heading south until finishing at South Shellharbour Beach 12 hours later. The gruelling effort raised a thousand dollars for Wires Wildlife Rescue, which went towards new shelters for animals injured in the fires.

In 2021, the 25 Beach Challenge returned, this time raising money for Kids Helpline. The event grew even bigger last year, raising funds for Stepping Stone House, an organization that provides shelter and support programs for young Australians experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless.

Stepping Stone House provides a safe place for these children and young people so they can begin to heal, build resilience, create connections and become the best they can be. This dedicated community provides long-term accomodation and support for young people aged 12-24 years old and has helped over 500 people.

1 of 3 Australians experiencing homelessness are under the age of 25

Now in its fourth year, the 25 Beach Challenge will take place on Saturday, April 8th, and once again, it will support Stepping Stone House. This event is a testament to the power of one person’s idea and the ability to make a significant impact on the community. Zac’s passion for surfing and giving back has inspired others to come together and make a difference and has become an event for others to join in on. 

The Challenge: 

Saturday April 8th 2023

25 beaches (anywhere), 3 waves per beach, all in 1 day!

How to Get Involved: 

  • Click the link here 
  • Clicl “Join Team” to sign up
  • Share your own fundraising link for family and friends
  • Share any pictures of the day by tagging #25beachchallenge

You can follow more of Zac’s journey here

Jordy Woolley
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