The Killalea Park has kicked off an initiative to help the local indigenous youth. The first part of that project was finished with a raffle over the weekend. In that event, held at The Farm Café, a local young surfer named Talon (12) won a much-coveted surfboard designed by Nathan Cattell.
The Entity Surfboards donated one of their boards to the Shellharbour Aboriginal Community Association (SAYCA) in late 2016 to help the latter’s fundraising efforts. The aboriginal community gave the board to Mr Cattell, the Killalea Park Manager and a celebrated local artist, to paint it so that they could auction to collect the funds for surfing programs for deprived Indigenous youth.
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Mr Cattell dedicated two months to the project and ended up with a masterpiece featuring a unique artwork. In his own words, he painted the pictures of turtles migrating up the coast to breed.
The surfboard picked the interest of so many people including the Aussies popstar Jessica Mauboy as a masterwork of indigenous art after The Illawarra Mercury published a featured story about it last year. It collected a huge amount of fund for SAYCA that works for ensuring a safe lifestyle for the local youth aged between 12 and 24.
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However, the Café License Jo and Mr Cattell decided to give the board away in a raffle draw instead of selling it off so that it stays within the community that deserves it the most. Before the raffle, it was displayed at The Farm Café for months to create enthusiasm and interest among the locals.
Mr Cattell expressed his happiness that a young local surfer had won the raffle draw. He also hoped that Killalea would not stop there with their charitable venture and would continue working with the SAYCA.