Teams chase 100k target for Mark Hughes Foundation at Surfest

5 March 2020

SEVENTEEN teams featuring 85 surfers will be aiming to raise $100,000 at the Evolution Advisers Charity Cup on Friday at Dixon Park beach as part of the 35th Surfest Newcastle Australia.

Combined efforts in 2018 and 2019 saw just over $200,000 donated to the Mark Hughes Foundation.

The 17 teams have been raising funds the last few months to assist the MHF in funding the Brain Cancer Biobank which is an essential part of brain cancer research.

The tag team surf event will see ex-Knights Bill Peden, Adam Muir and Craig Smith don the competitive jersey in the MHF team.

The team who raised the highest amount for the Mark Hughes Foundation is awarded surfing legend Tom Carrol as their team member and super coach for the event. KCE from Beresfield will benefit from Tom’s skills, knowledge and ability in 2020 after a huge fund-raising effort. This will be Tom’s third year participating in the event.

Surfers Jake Sylvester and James McMorland will defend the team title they won here last year as part of Lake Mac City Council team.

Evolution Advisers will provide breakfast, lunch and snacks for a total of 100 competitors, judges and volunteers, along with a presentation including food and drink after finals wrap up at 4pm.

The presentation will award trophies and recognise the highest fundraising team, the winner of the surfing competition, best wipe-out, best supporters and best wave.