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Paddle-out and service for Sam

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Around 300 people took part in a paddle-out in memory of Sam Mwangi Macharia on Sunday afternoon at Cabarita Beach.

Participants met at the Cabarita Headland at 2.30pm before paddling out and forming a large circle about 500 metres from the shore.

As a reminder of the potential hazards of the beach, large swells proved difficult for some and forced the circle to be moved at one stage.

Sam’s adoptive Australian family, the Zietlows, and his Kenyan family invite friends, family and the community to attend a celebration-of-life service for Sam.

The service will be held in The Shed at Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School and will be led by Father Glen Loughrey.

In memory of Sam orange ribbons will be available at the service for a gold coin donation. The families have requested donations to Sam’s legacy in lieu of flowers.

Photos Jeff Dawson


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