Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club has finally reaped the rewards, after years of fundraising efforts, to construct a much-needed roof over the club’s balcony.
This effort could not have been achieved without the full support of local businesses and the generosity of the public.
The Haworth family were newcomers to the area two and a half years ago when they acquired a local sandwich shop.
The husband-and-wife team quickly outgrew that space and leased the café facility at Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club after seeing the potential of the new location.
The Haworths then had no hesitation in assisting in the fundraising efforts. They saw the need in the community and how it aligned with their vision for what is now the Alofa Sands Surf Club Cafe.
“We have found the people of the Nambucca Valley to be just so wonderfully welcoming and community-minded, and we saw what we were able to do at the surf club as a great way to be a part of this community,” Matt Haworth told News of the Area.
Mr Haworth further pointed to the generosity of local contractors Nambucca Roofing, who were instrumental in getting the roof completed. The company obtained materials at cost price and the team donated their time and expertise to raise the roof.
President of the Nambucca Heads Surf Lifesaving Club, Aaron Honeysett, said the partnership with the Haworths greatly benefitted the club, with the income financing further training and better equipment, ultimately keeping people safer on the beach.
Locals can now enjoy the transformed café area and the unique outlook from the upper floor all year round.
The Alofa Sands Surf Club Cafe is open Wednesday to Friday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Saturdays 6:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, with live music every Sunday from 2:00 pm.