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Wipeout Dementia continued its success on Friday 24 March, with 56 surfers from the
property industry raising over $224,000 towards critical research into Alzheimer’s
disease and other dementias led by the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA),
Senior executives and supporters from 37 companies across the property industry came
together with Event ambassador 1978 World Surfing Champion Wayne “Rabbit”
Bartholomew AM for the surf-off event on Sydney’s Bondi Beach.
“The day itself was conducted in such a fun spirit. The vibe of friendly competition was a
highlight and there were some very entertaining moments,” said Bartholomew. “It warmed
my heart to see the younger generation, including female surfers, participating. The
generational awareness this brings to CHeBA’s campaign is significant”.
In 2023, there are more than 400,000 Australians living with dementia. Without a medical
breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to increase to more than
800,000 by 2058. It is estimated that more than 1.5 million people in Australia are involved in
the care of someone living with dementia.
The Wipeout Dementia event supports the research of The Dementia Momentum initiative at
CHeBA and aims to increase the awareness of risk factors of dementia, particularly the
positive and protective effects of physical exercise.
The 6th Property Industry Wipeout Dementia event was sponsored by Morgans Financial
Limited, Avenor, Buildcorp, Winten Property Group, Novm, Shape Australia, Sense Projects
and AWM – Australian Workstation Manufacturers, with event partners Hurley and Kennards
The event concluded with an awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of Wipeout
Dementia participants and supporters. The ‘Gnarly Award’, a Mark Richards retro pro board
was awarded to highest individual fundraiser Michael Gordon, General Manager of
Buildcorp Interiors, who was also the recipient of this prestigious award in 2022. Gordon
personally raised over $36,000 in 2023 towards the cause.
Gordon’s Buildcorp sponsored team, Gordo’s Grovelers, were the highest fundraising team
of the event – with the group raising over $63,000 and taking home the Major Prize of a
personalised group training session at Flow Athletic, Paddington, and a workshop with
Luke McLeod, one of Australia’s most popular thought leaders in mindfulness and
The other top individual fundraisers in this round, each raising over $10,000 and taking
home a competition DHD surfboard were Mark Gross from Morgans Financial Limited, and
Anthony Lombardo and Matthew Faddy, both from Avenor.
Avenor Director Peter Clemesha led his team, defending champions Clemo’s Diehards, to
retain the Surf Off Championship as well as the Battle Royale, an event which sees all
competitors hit the surf at once, with each team aiming to surf the highest number of waves
in 15 minutes of surfing rivalry.
CHeBA Co-Directors Professor Perminder Sachdev AM and Professor Henry Brodaty
AO attended the event and shared a few words on the importance of driving research funds
to change the future of dementia incidence.
“Fundraising is essential to fulfil research campaigns that aim to address the tsunami of
dementia-related illness Australia is facing,” said Professor Sachdev.
“We now know that we can decrease the risk of dementia or slow down the progression by
becoming physically active from an early age, and remaining active throughout our lives,”
said Professor Brodaty.
According to Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, the messages highlighted by Professors Brodaty
and Sachdev were both sobering and inspiring.
Wipeout Dementia surfer Ben Cradock, owner of SBC Plumbing, first got involved in 2022,
surfing for his Nan who was diagnosed with dementia. In 2023, Ben is also surfing for his
dad Peter, who at 66 years old has been diagnosed with early onset dementia/Alzheimer’s.
“I will do all I can to support the researchers working hard to tackle this awful disease,” said
Ambassador for the event is 1978 World Surfing Champion Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew
Surfers in the 24 March 2023 Wipeout Dementia event hail from many organisations across
the property industry: Aspire PDM, Avenor, AWM Commercial Furniture, Bates Smart, BK
Fire, Buildcorp, Clinton & Co, Colliers International, Cornerstone NSW, Developed, HDI
Global, Icon, Jacobs, Leftfield, LJ Hooker Palm Beach, Mantra, Marsh, Morgans, Neeson
Murcutt + Neille, Newquest Property, Nikki Mote Architects, Novm, NSW Land Registry
Services. On Board Industries, RJ Media, SBA Architects, SBC Plumbing, Sense Projects,
Shape Australia, SMLXL Projects, Steve Watson & Partners, TSA, Winten Property Group,
Workrooms and Ziff Davis.
This event has had significant in-kind support from: DHD Surf, Dripping Wet Manly, Flow
Athletic, Luke McLeod, Marys Group, Three Blue Ducks, Garfish, Protein Puffs, Holey
Moley, Samsonite, Tesalate Towels, and Tidebreak Art.
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