Cane2Coral Chairman Neil Rowland with Bundaberg Surf Club President Paul Wessel at the christening of their new boat.
Cane2Coral Chairman Neil Rowland with Bundaberg Surf Club President Paul Wessel at the christening of their new boat. Scottie Simmonds

Surf boat, funds boost Bundy club

It has been a huge week for the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club with the christening of a new surf boat and the receipt of funds from the inaugural Cane2Coral Run.

President Paul Wessel said the club was delighted to receive $20,000 from the event and for the new boat, which is the latest model design by universally acclaimed manufacturer DKG and was sponsored by BP Petroleum.

It has been named the “Graham ‘Macca’ McKenzie” in honour of their late life member and Order of Australia Medallist who was an icon in the sport.

The boat will make its racing debut when the club hosts the first round of the Aussie Bum Queensland Cup at Nielson Park on Saturday, November 6.

Cane2Coral Chairman Neil Rowland and Race Director Kerry Short were proud to be able to distribute $50,000 profit made from the event, with Cancer Council Queensland also receiving $20,000.

The event was held on August 1 with 2086 participants joining in the 15km run from Bundaberg to Bargara or 8km run, or walk.

Next year’s event is set down for August 7, with numbers expected to skyrocket.

Others to share in the funds distribution included Kalkie State School P and C Association, State Emergency Service Bargara and Bundaberg Divisions, AGL Helicopter Service, Wide Bay Volunteers, Rotary Club of Bundaberg Sunrise, Bargara State School and outstanding young wheelchair athlete Rheed McCracken.



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