A night to remember! What an incredible turnout for the first annual Chumpy Pulling Foundation Gala event. The best in the business all busted out the blazer and dress to come support this great cause and to celebrate the incredible life of Australian Olympic Snowboarder, Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin. The night raised over $100,000 that will be used for future generations in snowsports with a focus on the following five key pillars:
- Youth Development for Australia’s snowsports athletes focused at a community level.
- There is ongoing support for marginalised communities, particularly women in sports and indigenous Australia.
- Mental health with a focus on youth development.
- Protection and offsetting of our natural environment.
- Education and knowledge for snowsports for young athletes and their families.
Chumpy was a charismatic icon of Australian snowboarding, his love of family and adventure resonated through his actions and approach to everyday life.
Chumpy’s power to influence and inspire people through snowboarding cannot be understated. This influence equally reinforced his love of surfing, free-diving, and music. He lived to love and loved to live. The attendance at this inaugural event was a testament to Chumpy’s Influence. Now carried on through the Foundation, his Wife Ellidy Pullin and their baby, Mini Alex Pullin.
The Foundation exceeded the target of $100,000 at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney’s sold-out event, with 400 guests and celebrities from Surfing, Snowsports & Music flocking to the event.
Guests included World Champion Surfer Mick Fanning, Olympic Games Snowboarder Valentino Guseli, Big Wave Surfer Laura Enever, Olympic Games Games Bronze Medalist Tess Coady, Para Olympian & Medalist Ben Tudhope, Youth Olympic Games Gold Medalist Josie Baff & Channel 7 commentator and founder of Life Without Andy, Mitch Tomlinson along with good mate and Olympian Cam Bolton.
The night was hosted by Matt Shirvington with music by Charlotte Park, Kada and Duan & Only.
Founder of the Foundation Ellidy Pullin read a letter from Chumpy to himself when he was 18, picturing himself as a flag bearer for the Olympic games and having a foundation in his name.
We’re looking forward to seeing what the future has for the foundation!