Big heart encircles victims

GOLD Coast residents showed their love for flood victims by forming a giant heart on Currumbin Beach on Saturday morning – with 36 Grantham residents as special guests.

Ironmen Zane Holmes and Ky Hurst along with surfers Joel Parkinson and Wayne Bartholomew were some of the big names who took part in the event.

About 500 people participated in the Heartwave Beach Walk, forming a giant heart that encircled the Grantham residents at the beach.

Organiser Heidi Bartholomew said it was good opportunity to give residents from hard-hit communities a day off rebuilding and the chance to see firsthand the support from their fellow Queenslanders.

Grantham resident Nat Walter, who helped Heartwave organisers co-ordinate the day for the Grantham residents, said it was special.

“The event has been fantastic, unreal, amazing. The love and support shown by everyone has been overwhelming,” Mrs Walter said.

“The kids have been really excited about the whole thing. I know my own children were up bright and early at 4.30am, even though we didn’t need to catch the bus until 6.30.

“The kids are back at school at Grantham, and they really are so resilient, but it’s still been nice to give them something fun to look forward to.”

The Grantham group spent the rest of the day enjoying lunch at Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club and touring Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

They also took home gift bags from Billabong, Havaianas and Happy Days Diaries.



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