GOING FOR IT: The family friendly Australia Day Paddle is on again this month in Byron Bay.
GOING FOR IT: The family friendly Australia Day Paddle is on again this month in Byron Bay.

Charity challenge afloat

THE Australia Day Paddle Surfers Annual Charity Challenge is on again this January and the whole family are encouraged to participate.

After being washed out by big surf and unsafe conditions the last two years, organisers are pinning their hopes on this year's challenge.

One organiser who has been working hard to get the Charity Challenge afloat this January is George Alpen.

Mr Alpen said the event is a fun paddle for the whole family.

"It's a great way to spend Australia Day morning and it doesn't matter what type of paddle craft you have, you're welcome to join," Mr Alpen said.

"It's been a frustrating two years not being able to run the challenge because of bad weather so we're looking forward to getting back on the go again."

This year will mark the fifth annual challenge and sees paddlers get together and ride 2km from Wategos Beach across the bay to the Byron Bay Surf Club in an effort to raise money for charity.

Over the past five years, the event has raised over $45,000 for local charities.

International surfing champion Danny Wills is one of many sponsors of this year's event.

He encouraged participation in the event and said it was a great way for everyone to enjoy Australia Day and raise money for worthy local charities.

Interested parties can register on the day at Wategos Beach from 8am and the race starts at 10am.

The entry is only $10 a person or $30 for a family of four and all proceeds raised go to local charities.

Organisers of this year's event have decided this year's presentation at the Surf Club will be an alcohol free event in line with the event's commitment to creating a family friendly atmosphere.

Head to the Charity Challenge's website for more info here.


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