Good morning Angels! Players and staff from the Gold Coast Titans joined around 1600 members of the Gold Coast community at Kurrawa beach this morning to set a new world record and raise money to assist in drought relief for Australian farmers and rural families.
The Gold Coast now sits on top of the world after easily surpassing the previous world record for most simultaneous sand angles held by the US state of Michigan.
A total of 1635 Gold Coasters showed their support for our farmers, setting a new world record and easily eclipsing Michigan’s old mark of 1387. It will take around three months for the official tally to be verified.
The world record attempt was in support of Drought Angels, a not-for-profit charity that delivers support for rural families through the provision of food hampers, care packs, prepaid visas, fuel vouchers and local store vouchers, as well as feed for livestock and emotional support for those doing it tough.
Drought Angels director and co-founder Tash Johnston told the mygc.com.au website the show of support from the Gold Coast community for rural families had been an emotional experience.
“It’s a huge help, this will help us to help hundreds of families at Christmas time,” Ms Johnston said.
“We want to give all of the families who are registered with us a $100 Visa so they can have a nice Christmas lunch.”
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate told the mygc.com.au website the event had been a huge display of the city’s heart and pride.
“It’s wonderful that everyone has come out here, to send the message out that we are supporting the drought angels and the farmers, and that we care,” Mr Tate said.
“When you’re on the ground and doing something for the good cause of letting farmers know that we care, it’s a feeling of pride and it’s very tingly… Good one Gold Coast!
“Instead of a one-off stunt, I want to come back here in another 12 months and break our own record and show that we truly care.
“My point is we raised some funds with a lot of love, and there will be a few people who missed the opportunity so they can come back again!”
Donations for the drought relief in support of Australia’s rural families can still be made through the Drought Angels website at droughtangels