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Plenty of volunteers help a young surfer at last year’s Disabled Surfers gathering in Byron. Photo Contributed

The Disabled Surfers Association is having a gathering at Clarkes Beach in Byron Bay this Saturday December 3, and is looking for volunteers to help on the day.

Saturday is International Disabled Day and volunteers as well as the disabled community are invited to join together for a disabled surf gathering, according to Diana Willis, interim secretary Far North Coast, Disabled Surfers Association.

‘We require a lot of volunteers, surfers and non-surfers. We need water people, caterers and sign-on helpers,’ Diana said.

Last week at Yamba the  DSA had 60 volunteers and hopes to get even more this Saturday  at Clarkes, as conditions can be tougher.

The volunteers work with experienced DSA staff to keep the surfers safe.

Each surfer needs at least four or five helpers.

Lunch, water, sunscreen and rash vests are provided.

‘Just bring swimmers, a hat and a large smile,’ she said.

Volunteers and helpers arrive from 9am for sign-on and a run through of how the morning works.

Participants and carers from 10am.

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