Lifesavers on march to fund clubs
THEY save us from danger at the beach, and now Queensland lifesavers are the ones asking for help.
The annual Support Our Savers appeal starts tomorrow, with volunteers across the state out in force during SOS Week to seek donations for their local clubs.
SLSQ Gold Coast Lifesaving Services co-ordinator Nathan Fife said the costs of running a surf club were huge.
“In addition to the costs associated in establishing a beach patrol, it costs up to $10,000 a year to maintain an active patrol, and $850 to train a lifesaver to bronze medallion standard,” he said.
“By donating, communities across Queensland are effectively ensuring our volunteers have the right tools and training.”
Surfers Paradise patrol member and Summer Surf Program ambassador Juliana Grana appreciates how valuable it is to have lifesavers patrolling our beaches.
Growing up in Brazil, Ms Grana survived a terrifying ordeal at a beach without lifesavers, and it took her years to gain confidence in the water.
Now living on the Gold Coast, she has gained her bronze medallion and is looking forward to patrolling the beaches this summer.