The 2018 Evolution Charity Cup was a huge success last Friday with 19 Newcastle businesses taking to the waves at Dixon Park Beach to compete in the Surfest event raising money for the Mark Hughes Foundation.

The event was taken out by the Sanbah Surf Shop team (Rhys Smith, Jesse Adam, Teale Vanner & Madi Pool) over Arcbuild, Maitland Toyota and KCE Gold in the Final, but the real winners on the day were the Mark Hughes Foundation who received almost $90,000 in funds raised, boosted at the last minute with a $10,000 cheque from the Count Charitable Foundation.

The money raised will fund a new research project 3 days a week for one year into finding a cure for brain cancer.

It was great to see some ex Knights players support their former team mate Mark Hughes by competing in the event. Billy Peden, Adam Muir and Kurt Gidley all donned a rashie, but were unlucky not to advance to the semi finals, missing out by just one place.

A stiff nor’easter made conditions difficult for competitors but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and community spirit on the day, which saw Kentan Machinery win the highest fundraiser award and the opportunity to have legend Tom Carroll mentor their team. Kentan raised a massive $14,040.11 and even decked out their team in Kurri Kurri Bulldogs jerseys as an homage to Mark Hughes’ former local football club.

A post event presentation at Dixon Park Surf Club was enjoyed by competitors and supporters, with Sanbah donating back their first prize surfboard for an impromptu auction which added $1500 to the kitty thanks to KCE.

Donations are still being accepted on the Everyday Hero page https://surfestcharitycup.everydayhero.com/au/evolution-charity-cup-2018-supporting-the-mhf until Friday 2 March 2018.

A massive thank you goes out to all the teams that competed on the day and committed to raising money for the cause.

360 Water

KCE (Red)

KCE (Gold)

Shaw Gidley

Swansea Surf Shop

Sanbah Surf Shop

Shotters Lawyers

PMS Data Tech Services

MHF Team

Hunter Water

Property Solutions 101

Lake Macquarie City Council


Veolia Water Operations

Maitland Toyota

McCloy Group

Kentan Machinery



Jane Hextell