I will be paddling 4.5 kilometres from Coogee to Bondi on a surf race board
I am fifteen years old and a member of Bondi Surf Bathers Lifesaving Club.
I will be attempting a paddle from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach to fund-raise for the ICU in Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick. The reason I want to do this paddle is because the ICU saved my life, I was in a coma for three days after fracturing my skull skating down a hill.
I will be doing this paddle with the support of my surf club (Bondi Surf Bathers Lifesaving Club). Bondi-Coogee is 4.3 kilometres long, and I will be paddling it on my Surf Race Board. The club will be giving me support with the IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat).
The reasons I am doing this are that I love doing lifesaving endless amounts, and without the ICU at Randwick Children's, I would not be here to do my favourite thing (lifesaving). The paddle is also another thing to physically push myself towards, another thing I love to do.
I want to give back because I was given a second chance at life by the ICU, I owe my life to the surgeons, doctors and nurses who took care of me while I was lying unconscious with breathing tubes in my throat.