$ 10,000 cheque just swell for nip­pers

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Tony Rag­gatt Townsville Bul­letin Wed­nes­day, March 23, 2011

LO­CAL ju­nior life­savers are well placed to com­pete a g a i n s t t h e i r s o u t h e r n coun­ter­parts af­ter re­ceiv­ing a size­able do­na­tion.

The $ 10,000 gift from North­ern Steve­dor­ing Ser­vices was an­nounced at the Life­savers Ball at Jupiters Casino, Townsville.

The com­pany has been an avid sup­porter of l ocal causes, with surf life­sav­ing close to its heart, given its as­so­ci­a­tion with sea safety.

‘‘ We are thrilled to be able to sup­port such a wor­thy cause that helps the com­mu­nity as a whole,’’ North­ern’s gen­eral man­ager Todd Em­mert said.

‘‘ Many of our em­ploy­ees are sup­port­ers of surf life­sav­ing and as a com­pany, we un­der­stand how para­mount it is that peo­ple are surf-aware.’’

Pic­nic Bay club of­fi­cial Ge­orge Clarke said the do­na­tion was a lift for the club and would help en­sure it re­mained at the core of the com­mu­nity. ‘‘ The money will be go­ing to­wards train­ing and de­vel­op­ment of our j u n i o r l i f e s a v e r s , ’ ’ Mr Clarke said.

‘‘ And this year we are send­ing our big­gest team ever of 32 kids to com­pete in the Queens­land Ju­nior State Life­sav­ing ti­tles.

‘‘ We have more than 250 mem­bers aged be­tween 5 and 14 years.

‘ ‘ The spon­sor­ship t hat ( the com­pany) is of­fer­ing is go­ing to be so valu­able to the club.’’

The com­pany was formed in 1971.

It is head­quar­tered in Townsville and also has ope r a t i o n s i n G l a d s t o n e , Mackay, Cairns and Weipa ports.

It sup­plies a range of steve­dor­ing, trans­port and lo­gis­tics ser­vices.

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