Visi­tors to coast will be see­ing red

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THE Cottes­loe coast will be a sea of red-tinged kite surfers in the sev­enth an­nual Red­kite Char­ity Down­winder or­gan­ised by the WA Kitesurf­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WAKSA) from North Fre­man­tle to Scar­bor­ough if it is windy this Sun­day.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for kite surfers to raise money for those less for­tu­nate than them­selves, when there’s the ob­vi­ous con­nec­tion with Red­kite,” five-time en­trant Justin O’Malley said.

The 20km, south-to-north event trav­els slowly in the di­rec­tion of the wind so en­trants can catch waves and be seen by any­one on shore.

Pre­vi­ous events have raised about $45,000 for na­tional child and youth can­cer char­ity Red­kite, which has used the money to sup­port WA Hodgkin’s lym­phoma suf­ferer Sa­man­tha Stead­man (23) and paid for a so­cial worker and a mu­sic ther­a­pist at Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal.

“Ev­ery three days a fam­ily is told in WA that their child has can­cer,” WAKSA pres­i­dent Drew Nor­ton said.

On Sun­day, en­trants will meet at Brighton Beach at 1pm and a bus will take them south to their start at Leighton Beach, North Fre­man­tle.

The fol­low­ing Satur­day and Sun­day have been set aside to hold the event if the wind does not come in this Sun­day.

The great­est fundraiser will win a place in the Red Bull Light­house to Leighton Race for kite surfers from Rot­tnest Is­land to Leighton Beach on De­cem­ber 5.

Red­kite do­na­tions at www.face­book.com/events/1 673065069605121/.

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