Troy ‘Jacko’ Jackson. Mates have rallied to help him meet coming challenges.
Troy ‘Jacko’ Jackson. Mates have rallied to help him meet coming challenges.

Surfing mates rally for Jacko

The Byron Bay surfing fraternity is rallying to support one of their own, Troy ‘Jacko’ Jackson, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

To help him meet the challenges he faces in coming months, a group of Troy’s mates has organised a fund-raising ‘T-Fest’ at Red Devil Park on Saturday, November 20, from 1pm featuring live music, DJs, ‘friendship, good times and support for a mate in need’.

Described by his mates as a ‘self-confessed rock star without an instrument’, Troy, renowned for his ‘split watermelon smile and wicked personality’, has lived at Byron Bay for 22 years and has worked in a variety of jobs from bricklaying, bar manager, surf school coaching and photography.

‘T-Fest’ organisers say they have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support from the local community.

They say Troy remains positive, humble, but overwhelmed by the support.

Entry to the event is $10, or $20 a family, and there will be a courtesy bus running between the Byron Bay Bowling Club and Red Devil Park every hour from 1pm to 10pm.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can call Deano on 0422409640 or Ben on 0432648342.


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