Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club: Business Meets Sport

26 Mar | '2024

I joined a packed room of dedicated Gold Coasters to raise funds for the iconic Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club—in its 100th year of saving lives on Surfers Paradise Beach. Hosted by the Gold Coast stellar citizen Andrew Bell OAM and his brother, Greg, was the annual Ray White Surfers Paradise Business Meets Sport luncheon, which, over the past 15 years, has raised $1 million for surf lifesaving in Surfers Paradise.

We heard from Anna Meares OAM, the track cyclist, Olympic gold medallist and 11-time world champ. She talked about her successes and her failures. We heard from ironmen and ironwomen: Ali Day, a champion; Lucy Derbyshire; and Finn Askew from Surfers Paradise Surf Lifesaving Club. We also heard the amazing story of ‘High-rise’ Harry Triguboff. We heard his life story, all the way from being born in China, coming to the Gold Coast and Sydney and building 4,000 units on the Gold Coast. That’s how many he told me that he’d built. We can see those in Meritons in the skylines of Southport, Main Beach, Surfers and Broadbeach. I want to thank Harry ‘High-rise’ Triguboff for his $100,000 donation to Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club. As the patron of South Coast, I really want to thank him for that, and I want to thank Andrew Bell and Greg Bell, at Ray White Surfers Paradise, for their support for Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club on the Gold Coast.

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