Sharks Have Heart threw their support behind the IMB Cook Community Classic, an event which provides a fundraising platform for Sutherland Shire and St George region community groups including sports clubs, local charities, school P&Cs and other organisations.

On a mild Sunday in Dunningham Park adjacent to North Cronulla beach, Sharks Have Heart presence showcased their involvement within the community, with the membership tent, the merchandise van and a pass the ball activation adding to the festivities on the day. Club mascot Reefy was also on hand to greet fans throughout the day.

The Open Water swim yesterday capped off a Cook Community Classic year, following on from the event launch at Elouera Surf Club in June and the Sylvania BMW / Caringbah Rotary Gala Ball which was held on October 27 at Doltone House Sylvania Waters.

Through the series of activities which included the community carnival, a fundraising raffle, the open water swim and the gala ball, the "Classic" provides a fundraising platform for St George and Sutherland Shire community groups where they can participate in a large-scale event without themselves having to attract sponsors, arrange prizes, organise venues and generate publicity to support their efforts.

By pooling resources and holding one annual event smaller organisations can raise significant funds and awareness for their cause through the combined efforts of the classic's organising committee.

In its 11-year existence the Classic has raised in excess of $1 million for over 78 local charities and community organisations such as Civic Disability Services, Project Youth, Giants Baseball Club, Sutherland Shire Lioness Club and many others.

The IMB Bank Cook Community Classic also relies on the generous support of the local surf lifesaving clubs Cronulla, North Cronulla, Elouera and Wanda.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, is the Patron of the Cook Community Classic, with Sharks Have Heart and Woolooware Bay amongst the event partners.

To support Sharks Have Heart in the delivery and sustainability of their programs and initiatives, donations can be made – CLICK HERE – to help make a difference in the community.