Tradies Sutherland 2 Surf Fun Run and Walk
Wanda SLSC has today announced that its major annual fundraising event, the 2020 Tradies Sutherland to Surf has been cancelled due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The fun run style event, which attracts over 6000+ entrants has been planned and managed by Wanda SLSC’s dedicated volunteer members for 49 years, was scheduled to be held on Sunday 19 July 2020.
Wanda SLSC Board of Directors considered all options for staging, cancelling or postponing the event. A thorough risk and logistical assessment was considered around the NSW Government laws limiting mass gatherings and social distancing (currently allowing only 10 people to gather together outdoors) making the decision to cancel very clear (but still not easy).
Wanda SLSC’s main purpose is saving lives on the beach and this applies to its’ community events too. Importantly all sponsors and key stakeholders are fully supportive of this decision.
Fortunately, several months ago, as uncertainty grew around Covid-19, the volunteer S2S Committee of Management decided to delay tickets going on sale. So, with the cancellation there is no requirement for entrant refunds.
Each year valuable funds raised by the S2S are used to attract, train and retain lifesavers to patrol Wanda Beach, keeping our community safe. Whilst cancelling the event is disappointing for all involved, the health and wellbeing of the community is always considered paramount. Wanda SLSC will now seek other avenues to raise funds to support these activities.
Wanda SLSC and S2S major sponsor Tradies acknowledge the thousands of members of our community who train hard to prepare for the annual event. Whether they are trying for a PB, to run all the way, or to share a special time with family and friends. The Tradies Sutherland to Surf is a winter tradition in The Shire. It will be back better than ever next year.