Surf’s Up. Helping disabled participants to catch waves

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The Hunter Branch of Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) is gearing up for the upcoming summer season. A grant from nib foundation has enabled them to purchase a much needed custom-built trailer that will be used to secure and transport equipment, and in turn help more participants access the program. The DSA will again be operating in the Hunter this summer to provide a unique opportunity for people with a disability to experience the exhilaration of surfing in a fun and inclusive environment.

Our Community Grant has enabled DSA to purchase a new custom-built trailer, a crucial piece of equipment that will aid the ongoing success of the program. Without it the charity wouldn't be able to securely store and transport all of the equipment required to run its sessions.

The trailer had its first test at Caves Beach on Saturday, 17 October at the DSA's annual "Train the Helper Day", where volunteers were briefed on different aspects of the program and welcomed on board for the summer season.

DSA is a wonderful example of a local volunteer based organisation that provides an extremely valuable service. A day at the beach and going for a surf is something that many of us take for granted, however, for someone with a disability, without the right support, can be a near impossible task.

We are proud to support this fantastic initiative that has such a positive impact on people's wellbeing by facilitating new experiences in a fun, practical and engaging way.

Learn more about volunteering with DSA or attending an upcoming Surf Day as a participant at www.disabledsurfers.org