On the 1st of April I raced in and was the race director for the 2017 Tingira Cup a paddling event managed by Shark Island Paddlers.

Paddling craft includes surf skis, ocean skis, outriggers and SUP; this year the long course was 18km, shorter course was 10km and the new beginners course was 5km. We got a beautiful day and a great turn out of 150 paddlers. It was a great success and made the gruelling 18km worthwhile; I spent my pennies going out too hard, too early in the race and any style and grace I had left me…

To qualify for various financial and other concessions from the council we are required to donate to a charity.  Shark Island Paddlers itself could qualify as a charity as it has the sole purpose to promote and provide paddling and is a not for profit entity. Many sporting clubs; both large (Penrith Panthers for example) and small are registered charities and they qualify as they provide a community service and are not for profit.

As a charity we would be regulated by the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) and be required to prepare and provide audited accounts for the ACNC. To become a charity takes some time and $$ and to remain a compliant charity requires $$ and time. 

The not for profit sector in Australia is booming as organisations and individuals see the potential for operating out of this structure that receive significant tax and other concessions.

If you are interested in running a charity, we can advise and provide services. 

Thank you to the sponsors of the race!

We’d like to thank East Sydney Doctors, Rushcutters Bay Paddle Sports, Woolahra Sailing Club, Sugar and Spoon, Sydney SeaPlanes Slindir, OzPaddle and all the lovely volunteers.

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