Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach

Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach

supporting the Fragile X Association of Australia

Proudly Sponsored by Manly Wharf

Sunday 18th February 2024

2024 Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach and Fragile X

Welcome to the exciting world of the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach paddling event, proudly presented by our esteemed long-term naming sponsor, Manly Wharf.

With its breathtaking waterfront views, Manly Wharf provides the perfect backdrop for this exhilarating race.

The Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach stands as one of Australia’s premier open water paddling events, celebrated globally for its breathtaking spectacle.

Participants gather at Blues Point Reserve, capturing the beauty of a sunrise over Sydney Harbour. Beginning at the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, paddlers navigate past landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, Taronga Zoo, Bradley’s Head, Clifton Gardens, North Harbour Reserve, and both South and North Head covering 11km.

The journey culminates at the scenic Manly Wharf, offering a stunning backdrop for the event’s finish.

Beyond its exhilarating nature, the Bridge to Beach event is dedicated to supporting and raising funds for the Fragile X Association of Australia, adding a meaningful purpose to this thrilling paddling experience.

Click on the Event Information Page for Categories, entry fees and race day schedule.

2023 Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach and Fragile X

Here’s a fantastic celebration of the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach race supporting Fragile X for the 10th year. Many thanks to Fragile X for producing for capturing this amazing race.

Shaw and Partners to Match Donations to $5,000

The Shaw and Partners Foundation has pledged to MATCH, $ for $, the first $5,000 raised! 

If we can raise $5,000 for Fragile X, Shaw and Partners will match it another $5,000! 

Since 2017 Shaw and Partners has matched funds raised for Fragile X through the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach, and we sincerely appreciate this support.

FX Family Support Counsellor offers specialised and unique support to people who live with Fragile X, and their families and carers. This is offered as counselling, peer connections, information, referrals and advocacy.  Money raised through the Bridge to Beach 2024 will help fund this role.

Help us reach our target of $10,000 for Fragile X!

Donate when entering online or via the MyCause page.

*Donations will be matched to a cap of $5,000.

All donations $2 and over are tax-deductible.

Fragile X Association of Australia

“Many thanks to the paddlers, Oceanpaddler and Shaw and Partners Financial Services for supporting Fragile X Association of Australia through Bridge to Beach fundraising for over 10 years.  An awesome commitment!

The funds raised through Bridge to Beach each year help fund our FX Family Support Counsellor to provide unique support to people who are navigating life with Fragile X.  Specialist counselling for individuals living with Fragile X, and their carers and family members, can make a real difference in quality of life through providing information and referrals, connection with peers,  and in addressing mental health and daily living challenges.

The FX Counsellor is an essential support for hundreds of families across Australia who are living with Fragile X.

FRAGILE X is a family of conditions, caused by an inherited genetic alteration to the Fragile X gene. These conditions are all complex and lifelong.

Fragile X syndrome causes developmental disability and difficulties with learning, behaviours and daily living. Many people living with Fragile X also have ADHD and autism spectrum disorder and are likely to experience medical problems such as epilepsy.   Around 1 in 3600 males/4000-6000 females are living with Fragile X syndrome.

People who are carriers for Fragile X can experience health, reproductive and neuropsychiatric issues – for example, early menopause for women or neurodegenerative condition with Parkinson’s type symptoms for men in later life. In the general population around in 200 females/800 males are carriers for Fragile X. 

YOUR DONATION made in the Bridge to Beach online registration helps to make sure the Fragile X specialist counsellor service is available to make contact with Fragile X families on the Northern Beaches and right across Australia – by Zoom, phone, email, message or face to face. 

FRAGILE X ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA  – We’re a local charity based on the Northern Beaches, and we’ve been serving the Fragile X community across Australia since 1989.  

Learn more about Fragile X here: 

Many thanks for your support!

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