Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Auction launched – fund raiser for top young Mount surfers

Immediate Release 10/4/2014

Auction launched – fund raiser for top young Mount surfers

A plea has been launched for support for top sibling surfers - in their bid to keep going on the world contest circuit.

The brother and sister, Jonas 15, and Elin (13 years old) Tawharu, from Mount Maunganui, who’ve been competing in the 2014 Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Champs in Ecuador.

The pair made the 12-strong Kiwi team after winning the Under 16 girls’ and boys’ New Zealand national champs in

Jonas started surfing as an 11-year-old, and Elin took up the sport aged nine.

Jonas and Elin wold love to make it through their respective heats, but as first time contenders and being so young in their age groups, the pair realise they need the overseas experience at this level.

Without backing from any big surf industry sponsors, the Tawharu family been forced to try and think of novel ways to increase their profile and raise funds.

Recently they made a short clip that appears on The Telecom Foundation givealittle website where people can pledge their support.

Now, Mount Surf Shop, with two stores at Mount Maunganui, has pitched in with ‘the ultimate surf package,’ everything from surfboard to sunblock, to auction as a fund raiser.

“Pulling enough funds together to travel and compete on the world stage is a huge challenge, even when major surf companies sponsoring surfboards and other equipment are backing you,” says their father John Tawharu, “so we’re very grateful to the Mount Surf Shop and their suppliers for donating this package to put up for auction on Trademe.”

Even getting the children to Venezuela to compete put us under quite a bit of financial strain and we were forced to borrow to meet a shortfall and get the kids there, he admits.

“The tough reality is that our children have proven they have the ability, but to continue to compete overseas and realise their surfing goals will take a sustained and serious-fund raising effort.”

Mr Tawharu says they appreciate those who’ve already got behind Jonas and Elin, including Whangamata surfboard shaper Peter Anderson and Bruce Narbey of Freestyle Performance Watches.

“We are well aware of the many demands on people to donate for a variety of good causes, and times have been tough.”

But aside from bidding, we’d be grateful for any small amounts that people can spare via givealitte (http://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/GoEcuador), Mr Tawharu says.

Co-owner of the Mount Surf Shop Scott Waddell says their donation of the package partly reflects trying to “cut down some of the stress on their parents” struggling to support the children’s’ surfing goals.

He says the store was in a position where, with help from their suppliers, they could put together the full kit – and start the ball rolling, “so hopefully it turns into something bigger.

Mr Waddell says the reality is that without a loyal customer base, both their store and suppliers wouldn’t be in business, so “it’s a great thing” to be able to put something back into the sport and the local community.

“You’ve got to remember that these kids are off around the world representing their country, and they deserve as much help as other aspiring athletes.”

The Mount Surf Shop auction package includes brand new 6‘ Arcade Fish surfboard, Creatures of Leisure board bag, standard fins, FCS tail pad and Ocean and Earth leg rope – plus a Rip Curl wetsuit. Other items are a Rip Curl Driver Watch, O’Neill towel, rash vest and hat, and the kit even runs to 22 blocks of board wax and sun screen.

ENDS

Read more:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503345&objectid=11215868


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Film Awards: The Dark Horse Scores Big

An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach Genesis Potini, made all the right moves to take out top honours along with five other awards at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards - nicknamed The Moas. More>>

ALSO:

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news