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Save a koala, wear a bikini

Finley Kelly will join the Gold Coast Beach Parade (Photo by John Pryke for Gold Coast Beach Parade)
Finley Kelly will join the Gold Coast Beach Parade (Photo by John Pryke for Gold Coast Beach Parade)

We love our outdoor events here on the Gold Coast. And it’s little wonder when we have great year-round weather along with pristine beaches and lush hinterland. Being outside and being active is what we live for, right?

This last year has been ‘interesting’ to say the least, and one such event that aims to shirk off those blues is the Gold Coast Beach Parade Record Attempt. The Gold Coast Beach Parade – is a new world record attempt for the greatest number of people (men, women and children) wearing the cutest of cute koala ear visors in a beach parade!

The event aims to shine a spotlight on the Gold Coast’s community spirit while also supporting a charity that’s close to all of our hearts – Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and saving our city’s koalas. The funds raised will support vital work treating, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife.

The Hospital has grown to be one of the busiest wildlife hospitals globally, admitting up to 14,000 animals a year. The skilled and experienced veterinary team, supported by volunteers, prides itself in providing the highest level of veterinary care, but they need our help to continue doing what they do.

Gold Coast Beach Parade (image supplied)

This is why community fundraising events and initiatives like the Gold Coast Beach Parade are so crucial to their operations!

The event is also a celebration of our state’s healthy lifestyle, focusing on our famous beaches and beach culture. The whole of our community will be walking as one, proud to promote our home city, the Gold Coast.

Want to be part of a world record for a good cause? Read on…

How it will work: The event will be measured by the number of participants wearing a visor (with koala ears) in beachwear who complete the parade route along Burleigh Beach.

The parade will begin on the beach in front of Justins Park, just north of the Mowbray Park SLSC. Participants will walk down the beach in single file to North Burleigh SLSC, turning at the checkpoint and returning down along the beachfront to Burleigh again. Each person will then be counted as they enter the main stage area. The parade route is 3km in total and promises to be a fun morning all round.

Bronte the Koala from Currumbin Wildlife Hospital (image supplied)
Bronte the Koala from Currumbin Wildlife Hospital (image supplied)

There is no designated fee to enter, but a nominated donation of $25 per person for an individual entry, $80 donation for a family (up to 4) and $200 donation for a company/sporting club/school (up to 10) on registration goes directly to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.

A fun-filled event that all the family can get behind supporting a great local cause and putting you in the running to be part of a world record, no less!

So what are you waiting for? Register here now!

When: Sunday, May 16 2021
Where: Burleigh Heads Beach

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Lucy Callister will join the Gold Coast Beach Parade (Photo by John Pryke for Gold Coast Beach Parade)
Lucy Callister will join the Gold Coast Beach Parade (Photo by John Pryke for Gold Coast Beach Parade)

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