Legendary Gold Coast surfer and all-round ‘good bloke’ Joel Parkinson, who was anointed World Surfing Champion in 2012, has displayed his commitment to helping the local community with the recent announcement of an exciting new corporate and community surf challenge, ‘100 Waves For 100 Kids’.
The fundraiser, known as ‘Parko’s Surf And Sand Challenge’, will see him shred the waves and, together with a bunch of Fund My Challenge ambassadors, participate in challenges on the sand and in the surf at two of his favourite surfing haunts, Snapper Rocks and Rainbow Bay, where he’ll be surfing 100 waves in order to raise funds to help 100 local youths.
It will take place to raise funds and awareness for Youth Insearch, a national charity who provide direct assistance to young people in need. One of the most successful youth intervention programs in the country, Youth Insearch is an organisation which empowers young people to help fellow youths in the 14 to 21 year age bracket turn their lives around and reach their full potential. Since 1985 they have helped over 30,000 young people to rebuild their lives, and they currently assist around 1,000 young people per year.
Parko’s Surf And Sand Challenge will be co-ordinated through a new Charity Challenge App called Fund My Challenge, which recently became available through the Google and Apple play stores. The App is extremely simple to use and provides a unique point of difference by inviting individuals, groups, charities and organisations to actively engage with the fundraising process.
Former rugby league player Chris Walker was the first to launch a challenge with Fund My Challenge, setting off on a walk from Cairns to the Gold Coast to raise funds and awareness for Beyond Blue, RizeUp Australia, Drug and Alcohol Foundation and the Global Awakening fund.
Parko describes it as “a brilliant platform enabling people around the world to raise money through fun challenges for causes and charities close to their heart. The fact that I can go out and spend the day surfing my home break with local surfers and the corporate community, knowing that every time we ride a wave, we are assisting Youth Insearch to work with troubled local youths is outstanding, and I am wrapped to be in a position with Fund My Challenge to make a difference.”
Parko’s Surf & Sand Challenge will be held Rainbow Bay from 8am till 3pm on Sunday June 20 where the community are invited to surf with Joel from 8am to 9am for the charity. For more details visit fundmychallenge.com and follow Fund My Challenge on social media.