They say hard times will always reveal true friends.
For the family of Stevie Lloyd, that sentiment rang true on Sunday as hundreds of people took to the water at North Burleigh in tribute of the well-known Gold Coast local who died suddenly last week.
Bodyboarders, surfers, friends and people of all walks of life donned their wetsuits and braved the cold water to celebrate the life of one of the region’s biggest supporters of bodyboarding.
As some mourners wore blue wristbands in support of BeyondBlue, a charity that deals with anxiety and depression, former owner of Flux Bodyboarding Gary Watson told the Gold Coast Bulletin that the day was a celebration of Lloyd’s life.
“We’ve lost a brother to an evil and silent disease and we do not need to lose another,” Mr Watson said.
About 150 people paddled out to form a circle where flowers were layed by Stevie’s five-year-old Son Spencer as well as partner Kaylee Evans.
The day also featured a BBQ and a raffle with all proceeds going to Stevie’s family, in particular his son, Spencer.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up to provide support, the page has so far raised nearly $5000 with a target set at $10,000.
Donations can be made at: gofundme.com/2bhtbec
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