Justice and solidarity is an Edmund Rice touchstone. The 2021 Bondi SurfAid Cup provided a perfect opportunity for six Waverley College students and surfers to give back to communities less fortunate. This year’s participants were Noah Matet, Max Leedham, Judah Miller, Milan Mann, Kai Jones and Charlie Smith.
Operating in the Pacific Islands, Mexico and Indonesia, SurfAid is an organisation which assists remote communities connected through surfing. Providing a ‘hand up’ rather than a ‘hand out’, SurfAid delivers health and nutrition, clean water, and mother and child programs. SurfAid is also the case study used in Year 9 Geography, with students completing a formal assessment task in Term 1.
The 2021 event allowed students to rub shoulders with pro surfers, participate in a renowned community and global event, and gain a deeper understanding of how non-government aid can assist communities less fortunate.
This year is the sixth occasion Waverley students have participated in the event. The 2020-21 team (cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19) raised in excess of $5000, and the College community collectively have raised more than $20,000 since the relationship began.
In closing, I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone that has supported this activity and student experience since its inception. Your support and contribution has changed lives … literally.
Mr Adam Wallington
Head of HSIE