Charity scores boost from committed surfboat crew at Aussies
A Coast charity fighting devastating eating disorders has been reminded of its reach with a surf boat crew from Sydney’s northern beaches paying tribute to its work.
EndED’s logo was emblazoned on the Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club’s surfboat currently battling it out in the waves at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.
Charity founder Mark Forbes said seeing the logo in full flight on the boat had been a reminder of how important its work was.
One of the Freshwater Under-23 Colts crew, stroke Ollie Perillo, had reached out to Mr Forbes about four months ago to thank him for the assistance they’d given his sister.
Mr Perillo and three mates then rowed 24 hours straight on an ergo rower to raise $9000 for the Coast-based charity.
About 10 days ago the Freshwater club captain rang Mr Forbes and requested the logo, as he wanted to surprise the team with a new piece of artwork on the boat.
Mr Forbes met with the team this week and said Mr Perillo and the crew were “over the moon” with the EndED logo.
“It does bring it home the importance of what we do,” Mr Forbes said.
So far the new look has been a lucky charm with the boat, owned by Nathan Perry, a boatbuilder at Perry Surfboats and crew sweep, winning silver in the Masters competition earlier this week at The Aussies being held on the Coast.