14 June 19
Affectionately known as “Gordo the Great”, John Gordon is hosting the Gordo’s Goodwill fundraiser night at Surf World Museum Currumbin on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Saturday June 29.
A much-loved character from Currumbin and a multiple award-winning cameraman with a heart of gold, Gordo hails from a media family, his dad Jim was editor of The Courier Mail and older brother Michael was a senior editor of The Age newspaper.
He collected numerous awards while working as a senior news cameraman for the 7 Network over a 20-year period. Since then Gordo has been a full-time cameraman for the WSL and covering the popular live webcast/broadcast of the tour.
Before he takes off for the next event at Jeffreys Bay, he has organised a fundraiser for three South African families. Gordo has been helping them out since 1995 when he met them while filming the Billabong Challenge, and Joel Parkinson has also joined in with him over the last 18 years. Gordo has been to JBay 22 times, and he’d met Thelma from the township who was their housemaid who’d been raped and was infected with HIV. Thelma is well known at the JBay events for setting up the JBay Special Burgers stall.
Basically, they are local battlers hit with all sorts of tragedies and Gordo with the goodness of heart continues to help them out. After the SW fundraiser he’ll go back to JBay for the World Tour event with a nice donation. Gordo says he is motivated as it’s, "Time to give back after all the good times I've had there."
World Champion Rabbit Bartholomew is the MC and joins Gordo to provide a barrel full of laughs and colourful yarns. Surfboards from Paul Davidson and Gunther Rohn will be auctioned as well as WSL jerseys from number one John Florence, South Africa’s Jordy Smith & Kauai’s Sebastian Ziets. Gordo’s documentary of the Gold Coast Waves of Paradise featuring the late Wayne Deane will be screened.
$15.00 admission with sumptuous fine food and drinks available at affordable prices and doors open at 5pm.
- AUTHOR ANDREW McKINNON, FOR GCSM