WORTHY CAUSE: Terry Landsberg, Luca Torack, 11, and Ben Silk, of WindanSea and Disabled Surfing Association.
Che Chapman

A BOARD riding club with a long history and a big heart has donated $2500 to organisations dedicated to helping the community’s less fortunate.

WindanSea Surf Club at Caloundra was formed in 1970 and, since 1974, has run the annual Pa Bendall Memorial Contest.

It’s that event, now held each Easter and called the Pa and Ma Bendall Memorial, which provides much of the funding for the club’s activity.

This week it gave $1000 each to the Currimundi Special School and the Disabled Surfing Association and a further $500 to the Caloundra-based Rosies Friends on the Street.

Committee member and Australian representative Terry Landsberg said that on one Tuesday a month, the club handed out hot meals to Caloundra’s homeless.

“WindanSea was born in San Diego in the US with a charter to spread the love of surfing and goodwill,” Terry said.

He said the club was proud its members were willing to help the less fortunate.

“We can get up and go for a surf in the morning. There are a lot of people who can’t experience that.”

Terry said the contest direction of club member Darren Fissenden had helped grow the Pa and Ma Bendall event to the point where it was stable and could return the support the community showed the club.

“It takes a lot of work from members and the generous support of local businesses,” he said. “The Pa’s a feel-good event.”

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