It’s always fantastic when we see our youth out in the community lending a helping hand and many locals would be familiar with Isaac Sanderson. A proud member of Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club, Isaac is often the first to put his hand up to volunteer. His current plan is to raise money for the Westpac Life Saver helicopter Service – which he aims to do by competing in the Sun Herald City 2 Surf event on August 9 …
Hi Isaac. Please tell us a bit about yourself and your family – how old are you, and where do you work/go to school?
My name is Isaac Sanderson, and I am 14 years old. I am a barista in the McCafé at McDonald’s Port Macquarie.
I attend school at St Joseph’s Regional College.
My family are my mum, Rachele, my dad, James, and my sister, Crystal.
What are some of your hobbies and interests; I believe you’ve been involved with surf life saving for quite a while?
Yes, I have been involved in surf life saving since I was six.
I also enjoy running and triathlon and on the non-sport side of things, I am a member of the Australian Army Cadets and I’m involved in the St Agnes Parish youth groups.
What’s been your proudest achievement to date – sporting or otherwise?
My proudest achievement occurred at the start of this year at the Australian Surf Life Saving Titles, where in the 2 km beach run I won a gold medal – and I now hold the Australian Title, thanks to the awesome support of my surf life saving club, Wauchope Bonny Hills.
You plan to take part in the Sun Herald City 2 Surf event in Sydney on August 9. That’s a 14 km run! Have you entered this event before, and what are your expectations prior to the race?
I have been taking part in the Sun Herald City 2 Surf since 2010, so for five years now.
In this race I expect to enjoy the atmosphere, have fun, and get a personal best race time.
As a part of your City 2 Surf run, you’re also raising funds for the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Service. Why did you choose this particular charity to support?
I have chosen this particular charity as it is a crucial part of surf life saving and an excellent tool when us life guards need a hand.
I also chose this charity as it has saved one of my family members before – my pop, when he had a heart attack.
What is your fundraising goal/target?
My fundraising goal for the Westpac Helicopter Service is to fundraise $750 and to raise awareness about the importance of the Westpac Helicopter and the numerous amount of volunteer hours they spend patrolling the NSW beaches and towns.
Who would you like to thank for helping to support you in your fundraising journey so far?
I would like to thank all the people who have made a contribution so far in my fundraising journey.
I would also like to thank Penny from Willow House and Baby Gift Shop for allowing me to set up a poster and donation box in her shop.
I’ve heard that you’ve often leant a helping hand towards community events and fundraisers in the past. Why do you feel helping in this way is so important?
I feel by helping the community it will encourage other people to do the same, and I also love meeting and helping businesses and local clubs. I especially hope that my involvement in surf life saving encourages others to not only take up a healthy lifestyle, but also encourages others in the community to learn how to save lives.
Where/how can FOCUS readers help support you with your City 2 Surf/Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Service fundraiser?
FOCUS readers can make a donation at Willow House and Baby on Clarence street or online at: https://city2surf2015.everydayhero.com/au/isaac or alternatively, contact me on 6584 3757.
Thanks Isaac. All the best for the run!
Interview by Jo Atkins.
Images courtesy of NashysPix.
This article was from issue 117 of Greater Port Macquarie Focus.