Wollongong's Paddle Against Poverty 2018 raises $15,000

Surfers, SUP riders, kayakers and paddle-boarders took to the water for the Paddle Against Poverty endurance event, raising about $15,000. 

The 18th annual Paddle Against Poverty, whereby participants paddle 15km along the coastline of the Illawarra took place on  Saturday.

A hundred paddlers took part this year, all making the distance from Wollongong Harbour to Thirroul Beach. 

Christian Surfers Australia, in partnership with other organisations, run a series of Paddle Against Poverty events each year. 

Illawarra event organiser, Daniel Hatton from North Wollongong Christian Surfers said the event raised funds for Compassion Australia and Waves for Water filters. 

“It took us just over three hours to get to Thirroul,” he told the Mercury. “The last third of it was very tough when the north winds came up and there were a lot of sore muscles,” he laughed. 

Donations can still be made here.