Sale of one-off outrigger canoe will go to worthy cause
FOR THREE weeks Scott Brough crafted the FAI Va'a V1 outrigger canoe that's earned plenty of attention at the Va'a World Sprint Championships that have overtaken Lake Kawana.
The world's best outriggers have converged at the facility to take part in the International Va'a Federation's premier event.
Plenty of those competing and their supporters would have cast eyes on Mr Brough's creation.
An outrigger emblazoned with the flags of all 30 nations competing at the event was Mr Brough's idea to not only capture the attention of the thousands involved, but to help generate much needed funds for a great cause.
The canoe is being raffled off to raise money for EndED, a charity dedicated to helping those battling eating disorders with plans to build a care facility for sufferers in Buddina.
EndED director Mark Forbes said he was hoping to raise $20,000 towards the cause thanks to Mr Brough's generous efforts.
"It's a fantastic fundraiser for our cause," Mr Forbes said.
"We're trying to create the awareness and take away that stigma (around eating disorders)."
Mr Brough, a boatbuilder by trade, started building outriggers about 18 months ago, through his company Elite Outriggers.
He said he was more than happy to help out the EndED cause and was glad to see his creation was catching plenty of attention already.
"Everybody that walks past it and sees it... it's pretty unique. It's turning a lot of heads that's for sure," Mr Brough said.
He said he was also stoked with the amount of interest from the outrigging community this week in coming and seeing his factory and the crafts he's producing only two streets away from Lake Kawana.
Mr Brough's company is the licensed FAI Va'a builders in Australia.
"You can't buy exposure like that," he said.
"They obviously recognise the quality coming out of Australia."