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Pro-kitesurfers lead Lord Howe Island Kitesurfing Challenge in bid to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

July 19, 2013 Charity No Comments Email Email

Lord Howe Island will be host to a variety of fundraising events from 9-15 September, 2013 in aid of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) to mark International Prostate Cancer Awareness month.

A highlight of the week will be the Lord Howe Island Kitesurfing Challenge on Thursday 12 September, 2013*. Keen kitesurfers, including pro-kitesurfer Ben Wilson, will take part in the world-first race from Balls Pyramid to Lord Howe Island to raise funds and awareness for the PCFA.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia Charity Fund Raiser will test kitesurfing skills in a http://www.tourismlegal.com.au/challenging race like none other before. Balls Pyramid, the world’s tallest sea stack, which towers high at 552 metres, will mark the start of Lord Howe Island Kitesurfing Challenge, 23 kilometres south east of the island. As participants race to Lord Howe they are likely to encounter a range of sea-life as they whisk through the waters of the UNESCO World-Heritage listed island, including turtles, whales, dolphins and galapagos sharks.

Professional Australian kitesurfer Ben Wilson is taking part in the Lord Howe Island Kitesurfing Challenge and is looking forward to getting involved for a good cause.

“I’m stoked to be taking part in the LHI Kitesurfing Challenge – it’ll be a fun event and it’s exciting to be involved in a race no one has attempted before.”

“I’m overseas lots kitesurfing, but Lord Howe has always been on my bucket list, so it’s definitely great news I can get out on the water and enjoy all that Lord Howe has to offer, while doing my part for the PCFA,” said Ben.

Lord Howe Island resident and owner of Greenback’s Eatery, Dave Gardiner, is organising the Lord Howe Island Kitesurfing Challenge for a cause that is very important to him.

“There is not a huge amount of awareness of Prostate Cancer within Australia, but with around 20,000 new cases diagnosed each year across the nation, it is a real issue which has impacted a wide range of people,” said Dave.

“Prostate cancer has affected both friends and family, so the PCFA is a charity that remains close to my heart. I am thrilled to be organising this event with the support of the community, which will help to raise awareness and funds for the PCFA,” he continued.

Visitors and locals alike will be invited to unite in the island’s various fundraising activities taking place throughout the week. A delicious and picturesque beachfront barbie will be sponsored by the Lord Howe Island Chamber of Commerce, Pinetrees Lodge and Greenback’s Eatery, with all proceeds going to the PCFA. The week will also feature a Charity Golf Day at the Lord Howe Island Golf Course, arguably the most scenic in Australia, where participants will have the opportunity to tee off on World Heritage turf.

For more information and to make a donation please visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/david-14.

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