Surfers were given a helping hand over the weekend after Tranby College students got amongst the waves to help kids with disability. 18 students from years 10 to 12 participated in the Disabled Surfers Association WA lessons at Leighton Beach on Saturday, helping to get surfers on to surfboards and assisting them in the water. Tranby College staff member Henrietta Prinsloo said the school had been involved with the association for the past 10 years and events like these were often an “eye-opener” for students. “The hope is that students understand the concept of ‘by giving of yourself, you are also receiving in turn’,” Ms Prinsloo said. “It also teaches them to see their commitment to the activity through because other people are depending on their availability to make this event happen.” The Disabled Surfers Association of Australia was established in 1986 by Gary Blaschke to help surfers with disability get back into the water. It now has 19 branches Australia-wide, including three in WA. Ms Prinsloo said getting involved in community initiatives like this was just as rewarding for staff as it was for students. “It is very rewarding as a staff member to see how the students grow in compassion and care for people they do not know,” she said. “The students often reflect afterwards on how rewarding it was for them to see the joy on these people’s faces throughout the experience.” The college has a focus on giving back to community and recently took part in the World’s Greatest Shave, with 14 students shaving or cutting their hair to raise more than $7000 for the Leukaemia Foundation. The college also makes food for Ronald McDonald House once a year for sick kids and their families undergoing treatment and have a Sleep Rough event in August, which this year will involve students raising funds for youth homelessness outreach service Street Connect. Ms Prinsloo said she hoped students would continue this selfless mindset beyond their schooling years. “There is nothing in this world more rewarding than knowing that you have done something selflessly to make life better for someone else,” she said.