Woonona surfer takes to the waves again for charity

DURING the height of the devastating bushfires ravaging the NSW South Coast over the Summer of 2019/20, Woonona’s Zac Doran came-up with an idea to combine his love of surfing with raising money for those in need.

Starting at Stanwell Park Beach at 5am on January 25, he surfed three waves at every beach heading south until finishing at South Shellharbour Beach some 12 hours later.  That gruelling effort raised a modest few hundred dollars for Wires Wildlife Rescue; funds that went towards new shelters for animals injured in the fires.

The following year saw the return of the 25 Beach Challenge with more money raised for Kids Helpline, followed by a bigger result for Stepping Stone House last year.

The 25 Beach Challenge is now in its 4th year and will take place on Saturday, April 8.  Once again the event will be supporting Stepping Stone House, an organisation providing shelter and support programs for young Australians (most aged from 12 – 24) experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless. 

The take part and for more information visit: Challenge | 25 Beach Challenge (

For more information on the event visit the 25 Beach Challenge FacebookPage.

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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