Life­savers on march to fund clubs

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

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.

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