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13 March 2024 Posted by 


THE Central Coast ‘Kook Warriors’ are celebrating the end of SurFebruary, after raising over $11,000 towards cancer research at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse after surfing every day at beaches across the Central Coast. 
Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch MP has applauded the efforts of the Kook Warriors as they strive to raise money for cancer research, “what a fantastic way to raise money, getting out on the beautiful water of the Central Coast, while bringing a community of like-minded people together who are united by one goal.
"What a fantastic outcome, with over $11,000 raised by the Kook Warriors for the brilliant Chris O’Brien Lifehouse as part of the over $360,000 raised nationwide.” 
Cancer survivor and team leader, Vanessa Hession, explains her own personal journey with cancer, which led her to join the SurFebruary team, “I found SurFebruary as I’d been looking for a way to raise money and awareness after my own life changing cancer journey. It’s been such a great way to combine my love of the ocean and raise money for cancer research at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. 
“With the support of a small number of close friends, we started a team in 2022. Since then, it has grown with an amazing group of surfers who have also become friends. 
“We hope to continue to grow this annual event on the coast and raise more and more awareness and of course money! 
“This is for those that have been through, are going through and will go through the cancer journey.” 
Sponsored by local surf school owner, Sally Oman of Sal’s Surf School in Umina Beach, the Kook Warriors aim to bring awareness and support to the local community for a disease that will affect 1 in 2 people during their lifetime. 
“I first heard about SurFebruary from Vanessa, while coaching her a few years ago and I really wanted to get involved after learning more about the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and how needed it is for cancer patients. 
“Vanessa is such a powerhouse, and it is so fantastic to be part of such a wonderful initiative, which brings together our community while raising much needed funds for this important charity.” 
Coasties who would like to participate in next year’s SurFebruary are encouraged to keep an eye on the SurFebruary page. Donations are still open and encouraged here. 


Michael Walls
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