Nearly 600 guests enjoyed a huge night of entertainment at the SurfStitch SurfAid Ball in March, which raised more than $133,000 for SurfAid.
ASP world surfing champions Mark Richards, Damien Hardman, Tom Carroll and Martin Potter, and other top pro surfers, mixed it with the Australian corporate world at the new Star Entertainment Centre. The event was a sellout with 570 guests.
A highlight of the night was two-time world champion Tom Carroll and big wave legend Ross Clarke-Jones exchanging banter on stage over the making of their critically acclaimed Storm Surfers 3D film.
Mark Seymour (formerly of Hunters & Collectors) and internationally regarded as one of Australia’s best singer/songwriters, played an epic three-piece acoustic set, closing with his famous hit Throw Your Arms Around Me.
Damien Lovelock (of Celibate Rifles fame) had everyone on their feet with a rollicking tribute to the Rolling Stones.
MCs for the evening were actor/author/television personality Andrew Daddo and surfing journalist/author Sean Doherty and there were live and silent auctions featuring some rare and exclusive items and experiences.
SurfAid Country Director Anne Wuijts gave an update of SurfAid’s field programs and why our help was needed in the islands off Sumatra and in Sumbawa. “I want to thank each and every one of you who came here tonight,” Wuijts said. “You are saving lives in more than 50 villages in the Mentawai, Nias, Banyaks and Telo. On behalf of all these communities and the SurfAid team in Indonesia – terima kasih banyak.” ...read more