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Waves of support as The Shire takes a stand for child protection

National child protection advocate Bravehearts and Surfing NSW will make a big splash at the  inaugural ‘Stand Up For Kids’ (SUFK) at North Cronulla to raise funds for children and their families affected by sexual assault.
SUFK is a paddleboard fundraising event open to everyone – from first timers to experienced stand up paddleboard (SUP) enthusiasts.
SUFK will complement a surfing calendar of events at the NRMA Cronulla Women’s Surf Classic & Maxum ASP Women’s Pro Junior On September 20 and 21.
All funds raised will help to fund Bravehearts acclaimed personal safety program - Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure – to be rolled out across NSW childcare centres and schools.
SUFK is the brainchild of local SUP enthusiast and Bravehearts Community Ambassador Sascha Chandler, “The Shire is very family focussed, and protecting kids is a top priority. Supporting Stand Up For Kids is a great way for all of us to help Bravehearts keep kids safe from harm so they can grow up to lead happy, healthy lives”.
Bravehearts Founder and CEO Hetty Johnston said events like SUFK make a real difference in the lives of Australian children and encouraged the community to rally behind the event.
“Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a fun and exciting event and at the same time raise funds for NSW children and their families affected by sexual assault,” said Ms Johnston.
“Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure show has already educated 380,000 children Australia-wide with protective behaviours to keep them safe.  We want to visit more kids and we can do this with the help of The Shire.
“Bravehearts has a vision to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child by 2020 and we can achieve this, but we’re relying on community support and events like Stand Up For Kids to make a real difference.”
The SUFK races are in two formats from 11:00am till 1pm. The Ocean race at 11am for experienced SUP riders only, costs $50 to register. Ocean Racers must provide their own board and safety vest.
Family friendly relay races will be in the spectacular North Cronulla Ocean Pool from 11:30am and will see teams of four paddle on Naish donated boards. Individuals register for this division for $25 each.
Register and fundraise online here, or on the day 9:00-10:30am Dunningham Park, Cronulla in the Bravehearts marquee.
Raffle tickets are available on the day to win either a luxury weekend escape at the Award Winning Adelphi Hotel Melbourne, including two nights accommodation in a comfy king room including welcome drinks on arrival, breakfast for 2 daily, free minibar, phonecalls, unlimited new release movies and WIFI (Prize value is $800.00) OR and exclusive Bravehearts branded Shadow Skates cruiser – a surf inspired skateboard ( (Prize value $350).
To find out more or to sign up to participate, visit
This event would not be possible without the help of our generous supporters; Surfing NSW, Sutherland Shire Council, Ohana Ocean Athletics, Go Pro,  Naish, Elouera SLSC, McGrath Sutherland Shire & David Greig of McGrath Sylvania, Maxum, Adelphi, PX Squared, Cronulla Stand Up Paddle Board Shop & School, Shadow Skates and Cronulla Paddle Posse.