SAND - Supporting Our Community
There are few organisations that defy pidgeonholing quite like SAND. A voluntary not-for-profit group, SAND unites the Gold Coast surf community, sporting identities and philanthropists to raise funds for wide range of charities and local causes. It's like a conduit for goodwill -- a way for the community to give back and respond to those in need.
When SAND was first formed in 1984 during the height of the Cold War, it's initials stood for Surfers Against Nuclear Destruction. The group was spearheaded by Gold Coast lawyer and avid surfer Denis Callinan with the objective of promoting a nuclear free world and assisting needy groups within society, both nationally and internationally. Throughout the mid eighties and nineties SAND staged several major surfing events to promote peace, but in more recent years SAND has evolved to assist broader humanitarian causes. SAND's primary focus now is on organising fundraising events like luncheons, auctions and surf days in order to help charities at the local and international level.
Since its inception, SAND has contributed over $1 million dollars to charities including Child Abuse Trust, Brain Foundation, Cancer Research, Gold Coast Domestic Violence Centre, The Leukemia Foundation, Father O’Rileys Youth on the Street, Camp Quality, Homeless Youth, Rosie’s, Queensland Cancer Fund, Gold Coast Traffic Offenders Program, Medicini and countless others.
So from the entire team at SAND, thank you! We rely on your contributions to continue making our community a better place to be, and couldn't do it without you. Like to get involved? Contact us, we'd love to hear from you.