Surfing for Farmers
Surfing for Farmers is a surf therapy initiative to improve mental health and wellbeing in rural communities. The learn-to-surf programme allows farmers to step away from what can be an all-consuming business and get some fresh air, exercise and interact with other farmers, rural families and industry professionals.
Since the programme launched in Gisborne in 2018, it has been replicated in 28 regions around New Zealand. Powerco sponsors six of those locations, funding equipment in Waihi Beach, Pauanui, Mt Maunganui, Opunake, Fitzroy, Whanganui and Riversdale.
“We couldn’t thank Powerco enough for their ongoing support of Surfing for Farmers in Pauanui. Without the help from our ‘local legends sponsors’ like Powerco it would not be possible to fund Surfing for Farmers. The team at Powerco went above and beyond by supply a sausage sizzle and gift packs for our farmers which was greatly appreciated not only by the farmers themselves but also the volunteers and surf instructor.” - Seth Roe, Pauanui SFF Coordinator