Raising funds as the sun goes down
Raising vital funds for surf lifesavers of the future is literally a walk in the park.
The annual Walk In the Park In the Dark gets under way on the shortest day - Friday, June 22.
All proceeds will go towards buying crucial equipment to train young members of the Rarangi Surf Lifesaving Club.
Club chairperson Neil Watts said the event was a chance for the community to show their support and make a ‘‘real difference.’’
‘‘It’s our main fundraiser and very important to us.
‘‘It makes a big difference as we are a smaller club and, Marlborough being Marlborough, there are a lot of organisations out there trying all trying to get their little bit of money.
‘‘Last year we used the money we’d made to fund a first aid course but this year our target is to buy equipment such as rescue boards to train up the juniors in the surf lifesaving programme,’’ he said.
The Rarangi Surf Club was formed in 1958 and battled declining membership in the 60s and 70s to stay afloat. Every weekend throughout the summer months, lifeguards patrol the popular Marlborough beach.
The Whites Bay Club Rooms, off Port Underwood Rd, at Whites Bay, opened on April 7, 1968 and have since welcomed generations of members.
Training the next generation of volunteers goes on throughout the winter months at the Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000.
‘‘We run surf sports programmes for both junior and senior members and need more equipment for training purposes and to use in competitions.
‘‘The hope is that these kids will return one day as adult volunteers.
‘‘We are a very family orientated club and even some of the parents of the junior volunteers have come forward to help,’’ he said.
The club has around 30 juniors at the moment.
The walk will take place at Wither Hills Farm Park off of Forest Park Drive in Blenheim. Admission is free but proceeds from food and drink stalls will be donated to the surf club.
There are two walk options available, a 75-minute option and a shorter 45-minute one, each starting at 4pm, followed by a fireworks display at 6.45pm.