320 surfers dressed in costumes of Santa clauses gathered on Sydney’s Bondi beach beach on Tuesday, December 15. According to the BBC, the audience managed to set a new Guinness record – for this action were to attend 250 Sant.
However, the purpose of the event is not just to set the record, but also to draw attention to the problems of people with mental illness. Sponsors were local commercial network Red Balloon, surf school Let’s Go Surfing and charity Fund OneWave.
The representative of OneWave Joel pilgrim said that charity surf club appeared about three years ago, and his goal became the unification of the public and eliminate the stigma that accompanies mental illness.
Every week the group holds a party called “Fluorescent Friday”, on which surfers come in crazy outfits.
This year the University of New South Wales examined the impact of OneWave program for people with serious mental disorders. The conclusions of the specialists say that they have improved the quality of life. In particular, experts noted the progress in the psychological status of people, health benefits, and the opportunity to find support.
The same results showed regimens surfing Biarritz in the French, where doctors prescribe the classes in this sport for a number of diseases, including depression.