Sand angels help those in need in the bush

Gold Coasters set to break the world record for Most People Making Sand Angels at Kurrawa Beach
Gold Coasters set to break the world record for Most People Making Sand Angels at Kurrawa Beach

With a balmy, average November temperature of 27deg, Gold Coast residents are unlikely to be dreaming of a White Christmas. But that won't stop them making angels...world record-breaking sand angels, that is.

Next Friday, the beach will give back to the bush as the Gold Coast sets out to break the world record for Most People Making Sand Angels Simultaneously on Kurrawa Beach.

We Are Gold Coast and Groundwater Country Music Festival are joining forces to support Drought Angels. By donating a gold coin to participate in the world record attempt, keen angels will be doing their bit to support Aussie farmers and rural communities through Drought Angels.

"The beach will lend a hand to the bush. Drought Angels is a small charity run by big hearts, focused on providing personalised and meaningful assistance to Aussie farmers and rural communities. They help those who would not normally reach out but prefer to battle it alone," says Mark Duckworth, Festival Director of Groundwater Country Music Festival.

"Their one-on-one support is invaluable and aids in breaking down the barriers of a proud demographic who quite often have never received a hand up."

"Participation for the world record is free, however, we're encouraging Gold Coasters to dig deep and donate to this worthy cause on the day of the event," says Duckworth.

Drought Angels' Event Co-ordinator Joanna Bender says they were thrilled when they were approached by the City of Gold Coast to leverage the event as a way of supporting rural Australia.

Bender will be participating on the day alongside Drought Angels Director and Co-Founder Tash Johnston and a small team of Drought Angels volunteers.

"The thought of 1400 or more sand angels giving us wings to assist Aussie farmers this Christmas is just amazing!" says Bender. "We will be coming along with some of our fantastic Drought Angels merchandise to sell on the day and are very much looking forward to getting some sand between our toes."

"Keep an eye out for our signature hot pink shirts and come and say hello! Money raised on the day will go directly to supporting Australian primary producers who are impacted by the devastating effect of the ongoing drought and current bush fires," she adds.

As well as providing ongoing support, Drought Angels have a goal to provide farming families with a special gift this Christmas.

"Australian primary producers are a resilient and resourceful bunch, but like all of us in times of adversity, it is important they know there are people out there who care," adds Bender. "This message is getting through to our farming families. It means so much to them that their city counterparts are thinking of them."

For the uninitiated, a sand angel is the summer cousin of the snow angel which is a design made in fresh snow.

Sand angels happen when you lie on your back in the sand, simultaneously moving your arms up and down and your legs outwards from side to side to form the shape of an angel.

There is a high risk of sand accumulating in places you'd rather not but it all comes down to sand angel technique and outfit choice.

The current world record to beat is 1,387 sand angels, who gathered on Ludington Beach on the shore of USA's Lake Michigan in June 2017.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate has no doubt big-hearted Gold Coasters will dig deep (but not too deep in the sand) to clinch the world record.

"The current world record is held by a city without stunning ocean beaches like ours. It makes sense for the Gold Coast to steal the crown - our beaches are better! Gold Coasters were born for this."

When: Friday, November 22

Time: 6am registration for a 6.40am record attempt.

Where: Kurrawa Beach (enter via Kurrawa Park), Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach

This feature has been produced in collaboration with City of Gold Coast

Australian Associated Press