Photo Credit Ian Mitchinson
The bushfires sweeping Australia have reached unprecedented, catastrophic levels causing heartbreak and have left an overwhelming sense of powerlessness for those watching on, both near and far.
As of this week, the total area burned has reached over 8.4 million hectares, an area equivalent to the size of Ireland. At least 24 people have lost their lives, over 1700 homes lost and an estimated 480 million animals wiped out with many now reaching critically endangered numbers.
Australian surfer Noah Lane who lives in Bundoran, Co.Donegal has put together a prize pack from some of his sponsors to raise vital funds for the Australian Red Cross and has already raised over €12k. The prize includes a brand new Beau Young surfboard, two pairs of brand new Globe shoes, Douchbag travel accessory’s, a €200 Finisterre voucher and much more.
As an Australian living in Ireland, Noah wanted to appeal to the Irish, UK and European surf and wider community, many of whom have enjoyed holidays to the affected areas or have friends affected and struggling through this tough time. Noah surfed professionally through his younger years and could have made a living from his talent as a skilled athlete anywhere in the world: Hawaii, Fiji, Brazil. So why Ireland and Bundoran in particular?
“Bundoran is a hub for the sport in Ireland.” Noah told us in a past interview “Surfers travel from across the country and from around the world to access the ocean off Donegal’s coastline simply for the opportunity to use the ocean in some of the more beautiful and remote areas of Ireland. The coastline here is one of the best in the world. I’ve been at one beach and felt like I was in Norway and driven less than ten minutes and felt like I’m back in Australia.”
Noah relocated to Ireland almost seven years ago and last year opened ‘foam’, an epic little café in the heart of Bundoran. If you’d like to donate to Noah’s fundraising efforts, click here.
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