Paddle raises tsunami cash

A CHARITY Saunton paddle has raised more than A?A?2,700 to help tsunami victims on the east coast of Sri Lanka.

Seventy-two people took part in the second annual Paddle4Relief organised in August by Braunton surfer Tim Tanton to raise money to build a preschool in Komari.

Despite a fresh northerly wind that made conditions rough, long boards -supported by goat boats, short boards, paddleboards and rescue skis – paddled out to the point to create a memorial circle

“It was a real community event, with experienced surfers and surf lifesavers supporting the less experienced participants through encouragement and physically towing individuals,” said Tim.

“I’d like to give a heart-felt thanks to all those that took part, helped out, and to the businesses that donated such a fantastic array of raffle prizes. I’d also like to say a big thank you to members of the Saunton Surf Life Saving Club for their fantastic support.”

Tim said that work on the project at Komari – 20 kilometres north of Arugam bay where last year funds were used to build and equip a classroom -would start as soon as was safe to travel in the region.

“Civil war is escalating there and friends living in Arugam Bay have suggested it is unsafe at present,” said Tim.

“Numerous locals have lost their lives in recent weeks and others have had their businesses attacked but we still hope that the money will go a long way towards providing the young children of Komari with a preschool.”

If anyone would like to donate money towards the project, they can contact Tim on 07917032523.

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