A chat with Annie about the upcoming long-boarder party…

Annie, I hear you are organizing a Sumner Long-boarder Club event early march. What is to celebrate?
We are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the club on the upcoming weekend of the 1st – 3rd March.

Who’s  involved? And what is your part?
The whole of  the Sumner Longboarders club have been involved in getting this going and there is a club committee sub group that have been focused on organising the event – I am part of that team. We have had fabulous support from local businesses supporting the Charity Art Auction and the weekend in general, the club is hugely grateful to Sadhana surfboards, Aumoana, Seventh Wave, Mainland Paints, the Headless Mexican, Signmark and Surfing Tribe for their awesome ongoing support.

What can we expect?
You can expect a great weekend, full of fun, good company and some serious fundraising for a really good cause – the Make-a- Wish New Zealand foundation on the Saturday night. Friday 1st March will be the Surfing Tribe & Sadhana Surfboards Surf Movie night at the Hollywood cinema starting at 7pm and $15 per person, Saturday 2nd March is the Seventhwave Charity Art Auction being held at the Ferrymead Golf Club ($20 per person) with all proceeds going to Make-a-Wish foundation and Sunday will be the Mainland Paints Old Mal team tag and BBQ from around 9am on Sunday 3rd March on Sumner Beach.

Can everyone come along, or do we have to be surfers?
We’d love to see some new faces and you don’t have to be surfers to attend. All are welcome but numbers are limited, with club members past and present already having registered for events so tickets are going fast. If you are keen to make sure you get a ticket, please email sumnerlongboarders@gmail.com or ring Pete on 027 250 0000.

Tell us more about the Art Auction….
The Seventhwave Charity art auction is a repeat of an event held 5 years ago where all items, typically but not exclusively surf or Sumner related,  are made assembled and donated by the awesome local businesses named above and our club members. All proceeds from sales will be donated to the “Make-A-Wish New Zealand” to recognise the great work they do in bringing joy and happiness to young children living with life threatening illnesses. As a club we recently lost young Ruby Hollingworth aged 9 from our club circle to a rare condition and wanted to assist by whatever practical means we could. We’d love to see lots of people come along and enjoy the night while helping us achieve a really good contribution for the foundation. The band the “Hot Funky Mama”s are playing and the theme for the weekend is retro so no doubt there’ll be a few paisley’s and hawaiian shirts (always a favourite) in the mix as well.

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