Coogee to Bondi Fundraising Paddle

By Charlie Watts

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. 



Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation raises funds for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick , The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS NSW) and Kids Research