Celebrating surfing, farewelling a mate, and helping to cure cancer

Mark Cummings was a good mate and an avid surfer who sadly lost his battle to cancer with a brain tumour on May 13th 2009. On the one year anniversary of his passing, good friend Warren Broadhurst decided to honour his mate with a fitting farewell by raising funds for cancer research through a surfing event called Paddle Out For Mark.

Fellow surfers and friends were invited to Mackay Harbour to collectively paddle out in the ocean and form a circle to pay tribute to Mark. Participants each donated $35 for cancer research in order to help find a cure, and continued the tribute with a group lunch and a screening of “4740” – filmed by local surfer Health Sneddon – at the Mackay Surf Lifesaving in celebration of surfing.

This event raised $1150 for cancer research, and the ACRF would like to thank Warren for organising a fabulous event that celebrates and honours the life of Mark Cummings in this unique and meaningful way. Big thanks also to all who took part in, and supported, the ‘paddle’.