Grants of up to $10,000 available to local community organisations thanks to Buderim Foundation

Buderim Foundation will soon be opening their 2020 Grants Programs for applications, with up to $10,000 each available to community organisations serving the local 4556 community.

Applications open on Friday 5th  June, and eligible applicants will need to apply online before Friday 10th July. Successful applicants will be announced at the Foundation’s 2020 annual community grants celebration on Saturday 12th September.

Buderim Foundation 2019 grant recipients and sponsors
Buderim Foundation 2019 grants

New for 2020 – Swimmers to venture around Mudjimba Island – CANCELLED

A brand-new ocean swim event is coming to the Sunshine Coast calendar on Sunday 5 April, delivered by Buderim based event organisers, Atlas Events.

With the support of Naming Rights partner, Sunreef Mooloolaba and Mudjimba Surf Lifesaving Club, ocean swimmers will have the unique opportunity to venture around a local landmark, Old Woman Island.

Leaving the shore at Mudjimba, the 3km swim will take participants around the iconic Old Woman Island, across reef home to turtles, before they head back to shore in time for coffee and breakfast. It will give swimmers an opportunity to have an adventure around the Island which they would have only seen from the beach.

Students launch philanthropy projects as part of Buderim Foundation Youth in Philanthropy Project

The fourth annual Buderim Foundation Youth in Philanthropy Project was launched on Friday 28th February at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Buderim Foundation Youth Committee Chair Graham Tamblyn said the Project offers a mentoring program to introduce the concept of philanthropy to young people in our region.

“We want to demonstrate the value that philanthropy has and inspire young people to adopt it throughout their lives,” Mr Tamblyn said.

Surf Live Saving boats to take to Mooloolah River for first Wharf Mooloolaba Super Sprint

Surf Lifesaving boats will take to the Mooloolah River for the first The Wharf Mooloolaba Super Sprint on Saturday 21st March, endorsed by Australian Surf Rowers League Queensland (ASRLQ).

The Super Sprint races will see teams from all over the country competing on a straight course over around 300metres finishing in front of The Wharf Mooloolaba’s commercial jetty.

The Wharf Mooloolaba co-owner Dirk Long said the races would be great for spectators who could watch up to 40 male and 30 female crews competing from 8.30am to 12.30pm.

Liver transplant specialist to speak at community breakfast

The doctor that made Liver Transplanting interesting breakfast conversation is back again, with her unique take on what happens in her practice every day.

With leading surgeon and author Dr Kellee Slater as the special guest speaker at a Buderim Foundation breakfast, it will change the way you look at medicine.

The very special breakfast will be held on Thursday, 26th March at Buderim Tavern where Dr Slater will talk about the human body and its power to heal with the help of 21st century medical procedures.

Buderim Foundation lends support to local families for school expenses

The Buderim Foundation is once again proud to be part of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Back to School Program, helping local families who need assistance with school expenses like clothing, shoes and stationery by offering $50 Target vouchers.

Buderim Foundation’s Roz Bull (left) and Keryn Bauer (right), Buderim Rotary’s Lyn Phillips, Buderim Lions Brian McBride presented back to school vouchers to Buderim Mountain State School’s Chappy Dave for distribution

Buderim Foundation Director Rebecca Ramsay said this year once again a total $11,000 worth of vouchers being distributed to Mountain Creek State School, Chancellor State Primary and High Schools, Buderim Mountain State School, and SunnyKids.

“The funds included an allocation from the FRRR of $6500 to the Buderim Foundation. Further donations were also made by the Buderim Lions Club and the Buderim Rotary Club, which were then matched dollar-for-dollar by the FRRR.

Sunshine Coast Football Team Launch 2020 Season with support of Sunshine Mitre 10

The Sunshine Coast Wanderers have launched their 2020 season this week, at the Kunda Park store of the football club’s platinum sponsor and Queensland’s largest independent hardware group, Sunshine Mitre 10.

Sunshine Coast Wanderers Football Club Vice President, with Sunshine Mitre 10 Marketing Operations Manager Nick Brind with Wanderers Senior Men’s Captain Jeremy Stewart and coach Paul Arnison.

Sunshine Mitre 10 Marketing Operations Manager Nick Brind said Sunshine Mitre 10 was proud to again be the major sponsor the Sunshine Coast Wanderers Football Club in 2020.

Seaplane offers the most sustainable way to explore Sunshine Coast coastline

A vintage seaplane may not scream “environmentally friendly” at first glance, but a flight with Paradise Seaplanes is one of the most sustainable ways to explore the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Paradise Seaplanes owner and pilot Shawn Kelly with Willy the Wilga Warbird on the beautiful Maroochy River, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Paradise Seaplanes owner and pilot Shawn Kelly said Willy, as their post-world war Wilga Warbird (PS104-80) is affectionately known, is the only commercially-operated seaplane between Port Macquarie and Gladstone, and the only seaplane of its type in Australia.

Coast duo to row 5000km across Atlantic Ocean

THIS December, two Sunshine Coast men will be rowing 5000km across the North Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean as part of the 2020 Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.

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The Atlantic Challenge is a unique event that pits man-power of competitors against the might of ocean currents, tumultuous waves and extreme weather.

It will see Sippy Down’s George Hugheston-Roberts and Mooloolaba’s Matt Mountain row 2 hours on, 2 hours off, 24 hours a day for up to 60 days to complete the journey.

“It’s a giant challenge but we both love adventure and are training hard so we are ready for the race starting in December this year,” George said.

George, 27, a productional dive instructor at Sunreef Mooloolaba, said while the pair were close friends, their reasons to take on the challenge were very different.

For Matt, 26, who grew up in Dalby and works in property development, the Challenge presents a chance to extend himself.

“I moved to the Sunshine Coast during high school and have always loved adventure and the chance to challenge myself,” Matt said.

“In 2017, I and 19 other mates paddled 20km on stand-up paddleboards to raise money for the Movember Foundation and now the Atlantic Challenge will mean I can challenge myself even more!”

For George, who grew up in the UK, the Challenge is about continuing a family legacy.

“I grew up near the Coast and have always loved marine environments, but my motivation came from reading about my late Great Uncle, Major William Ellery-Anderson MC, who after a career in the Special Forces, lead a group of researchers and explorers in Antarctica,” George said.

“From him, I have learnt that with a well-trained and planned expedition, you can face and overcome many challenges and I want to one day follow in his footsteps, but not before Matt and I take on the Atlantic ocean!

“The Atlantic Challenge is a huge adventure and Matt and I are very excited and training hard to prepare for it.”

George and Matt, said though it wasn’t just countless hours of training ahead of them.

“We also have to raise funds to build our vessel and register for the Challenge and we can’t do it on our own so we are seeking support from the Sunshine Coast community,” George said.

George and Matt said they need to more than $175,000 to fund the purpose-built rowboat, Challenge entry fees and to start raising funds and to raise awareness for ocean conservation. 

“We are looking for commercial sponsors and also asking for community members to support us in any way they can,” George said.

To find out more visit their website – www.aquaatlanticaustralia.com – and follow them on Facebook @aquaatlantic2020 – and Instagram @aquaatlantic.

The Dock Mooloolaba and local musos raise more than $4000 for IFYS Foster Care

Just four months after forming, Musos 4 Mates @ The Dock Mooloolaba has held their second fundraising event raising $4,128.50 for IFYS Foster Care, bringing the total raised for locals in need to more than $6,700.

The brainchild of The Dock Mooloolaba owner Jared Hart and musician and friend John Veloso, the concept of Musos 4 Mates is simple – musicians coming together to donate their time, with The Dock Mooloolaba providing the venue and local breweries and businesses donating kegs of beer to be sold and prizes to be raffled.

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