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Dive in to make a difference at Kingscliff on Jan 18

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There are few more satisfying ways to get involved and make a difference in your community than spending half a day at a disabled surfers association (DSA) event.

So if you’re going to be in or around Kingscliff on January 18 why not dive in and make a huge difference to a few people’s lives?

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

Organisers are expecting a bumper crop of participants at the event and are in need of an even bigger bunch of surfers and surf-savvy folk to help the day run smoothly.

‘We aim to take the Disabled Community to the beach and have a safe water experience which most of us take for granted,’ DSA’s past president, Steve Keefe said.

‘It takes a minimum ratio of six to one to do this with ease and dignity. So the call is out for volunteers for a fun filled morning starting at 9am for sign-on, a briefing for the days activities, and then a few hours in the water followed by a free barbecue lunch.’

Normally confined to land and the occasional splash in a swimming pool, participants in the DSA’s events get the opportunity to catch waves and spend time out in the ocean.

There are up to six surf-savvy volunteers on hand to make sure they catch each wave feeling completely safe and secure.

The Kingscliff event will happen at Coast Guard Tower Beach, with volunteers asked to arrive at 9am for sign-on and a quick briefing. Then it’s down to the water for some surfing fun, followed by a sausage sizzle and presentation afterwards, wrapping up by 1pm.

Participants are welcome to arrive at 10am, sign-on, then go for a surf, followed by lunch and presentation. The DSA supplies rash shirts, sun lotion, water and lunch.

For more information or to connect, go to Disabled Surfers website or  www.facebook.com/DSAFarNorthCoast

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