100 beaches in 10 days to help the poor

Two lllawarra men have plunged into a hectic surf tour - 100 beaches in 10 days - to raise $1 million to help alleviate world poverty.

Starting at Bawley Point on Tuesday morning, Wombarra's Reverend David Mansfield and Helensburgh's Ron Balderston joined three others from Anglican Aid in the 100 Beaches Challenge.

The group has made its way through the Shoalhaven region and plans to arrive in the Illawarra this afternoon before making its way to Sydney's northern beaches at the end of the tour next week.

Rev Mansfield, also Anglican Aid's CEO, took a moment away from the surf yesterday to encourage people to donate online or on the phone.

"The challenge will help educate orphans in Bali," he said.

"Behind the beaches and tourism there's a lot of people living in poverty."

Other projects needing support included rescuing girls from prostitution in South Africa, providing dental health care in Congo and giving sight to people in India.

"In Australia we are recovering from our $30 billion splurge over Christmas, while nearly four billion people in the world ... live on less than $2 a day," Rev Mansfield said.

"Just as Jesus encourages us, we want to break the waves of poverty around the world."

The 62-year-old invited Illawarra residents to join him in the surf throughout the challenge.

To make donations or to find out more information visit anglicanaid.org.au or call 1800 653 903.

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