Life jack­ets help keep VMR afloat

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Whit­sun­day Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue (VMR) is ex­tend­ing a heart­felt thanks to the mem­bers of the com­mu­nity whose support keeps the or­gan­i­sa­tion afloat.

This week, VMR past pres­i­dent Tom Man­ning and sec­re­tary Roger Wod­son, were able to take de­liv­ery of 10 Per­sonal Floata­tion De­vices (PFDs), thanks to the gen­er­ous do­na­tion of $800 from the Macrossan and Amiet Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion.

Mr Man­ning said the VMR’s pre­vi­ous life jack­ets were almost 10 years old.

“And of course it’s manda­tory that we have one for ev­ery per­son on the [res­cue] ves­sel and that in­cludes the pas­sen­gers and the VMR crew,” he said.

The PFDs were sourced by Whit­sun­day Ocean Ser­vices own­ers War­wick and Janelle East­wood, oth­er­wise known as Wok and Woody, who have pro­vided VMR Whit­sun­day with RFD Cy­clone 150N in­flat­able life jack­ets, ap­proved to take the place of the for­mer ‘coastal brick’ type life jack­ets, renowned for be­ing bulky and tak­ing up space.

Ms East­wood said the VMR’s PFDs would be ser­viced an­nu­ally, or when re­quired, at no cost.

She also said the VMR were a vi­tal part of the safety net­work for the Whit­sun­days, yet as a vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion it was hard for them to have to fundraise for ev­ery­thing they needed.

“As safety is our business we are only too happy to come on board and help where we can with sourc­ing safety equip- ment and ser­vic­ing what we sell,” she said.

Macrossan and Amiet Foun­da­tion trustee, An­drew Telford, also applauded the VMR as a wor­thy cause.

“I’m fully aware of the ser­vice that the VMR pro­vides and the safety net that gives the boat­ing fra­ter­nity at the ex­pense and time of all the vol­un­teers in­volved,” he said. Mr Man­ning and Mr Wod­son said with­out support like this, the or­gan­i­sa­tion would not sur­vive.

“We rely on the pub­lic for mem­ber­ship, do­na­tions and spon­sor­ship, and with­out this we would not be able to pro­vide the 24/7 search and res­cue op­er­a­tion in the Whit­sun­days,” Mr Wod­son said.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate, visit www.vm­r­whit­sun­days.com.au.

TO THE RES­CUE: VMR Whit­sun­day past pres­i­dent Tom Man­ning, sec­re­tary Roger Wod­son and Whit­sun­day Ocean Ser­vices own­ers Janelle and War­wick East­wood (aka Woody and Wok), with the new VMR life­jack­ets, pur­chased cour­tesy of a com­mu­nity grant from the Macrossan and Amiet Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion.

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