The annual charity surfing event, which took place on Friday, 25 March at Bondi Beach, raises money to support critical research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
SHAPE CEO Peter Marix-Evans and General Manager of NSW Phillip Wicks – a five-time Wipeout Dementia participant – took part in the event along with 62 surfers representing more than 50 companies across the property industry.
Phill Wicks, General Manager of NSW at SHAPE, says: “With dementia being the second leading cause of death of all Australians, I think it’s a really important initiative to get behind and raise money for. At SHAPE, we see ourselves as very much part of the community and we see dementia as something that can have a large impact on the community, so we want to do everything we can to get involved and help make a difference.”
The line up also included 1999 World Surfing Champion Mark ‘Occy’ Occhilupo, as well as ambassadors Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew AM, the 1978 World Surfing Champion, and Richard Grellman AM, former Chairman of ASP International (now WSL), whose wife Suellen has advanced young onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Their team, Cliff’s Carvers, was sponsored by SHAPE and SENSE PROJECTS. Named in honour of team captain Craig Rodgers’s grandfather, who passed away from Alzheimer’s disease, Cliff’s Carvers raised a combined total of more than $32,000.