Sister of drowned surfer keen to prevent future tragedy
RHONDA Shone doesn't want another family to go through the tragedy of losing a loved one, like her family did when her brother Ken McLean drowned while surfing at Turners Beach in Yamba earlier this year.
That's why this Saturday a fundraiser will be held at McLean's 'local Friday afternoon watering hole', Lismore Heights Bowling Club this Saturday to support the Surf Live Saving Clubs of Yamba, Evans Head and Ballina.
Ms Shone said there have been too many drownings at beaches in the region, and hopes the money raised can be put towards a new defibrillator machine.
"Any sort of thing we can do to help is important," she said.
"So far we've raised close to $1800 now, which is exciting. We'd love to get to $3000 for the defibrillator, and anything extra for a sign for the beach would be great."
The event starts at 4.30pm and will feature barefoot bowls, sausage sizzle, live music, an auction and a last man standing competition. Tickets are $10 and contribute to the fundraising effort.
"Since Ken's death we have all been searching for some way to give meaning to this tragedy," McLean's partner Michele Speck said.
"Ken loved the water and in appreciation and recognition of the outstanding support given to us that dreadul day in January on the beach by Hannah Smith and other members of the Surf Life Saving Clubs association we decided to have a fundraising event in his memory."