As our beaches get thrashed by huge swell and persistent rain, our incredible volunteer life savers remain at the ready to rescue anyone who dares to enter the treacherous water.
They are there, all summer long, protecting locals and visitors from interstate and across the world.
Now, they need our support.
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Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) has issued an ‘SOS’ to the Gold Coast community to ‘Support Our Savers’ by donating to its annual fundraising appeal.
You may see them in shopping centres, walking the streets or knocking on your door during SOS Week (October 15-21), rattling collection tins to seek donations for their local clubs.
“Fundraising is essential to ensuring our volunteer surf lifesavers have the necessary equipment, training and resources to continue to deliver the highest level of beach safety,” SLSQ Gold Coast Lifesaving Services Co-ordinator Nathan Fife said.
“As a charity organisation, SLSQ relies heavily on the generosity of the community to deliver our lifesaving services, along with a range of educational and community awareness programs,” Mr Fife added.
“Over the last five years on the Gold Coast, our red and yellow army has performed over 241,000 preventative actions to proactively safeguard swimmers, administered first aid over 25,000 times, and saved more than 3000 swimmers via in-water rescues.
To effectively set up a beach patrol, a surf life saving club requires more than $60,000 worth of equipment, including, but not limited to, inflatable rescue boats, surf rescue boards, rescue tubes, defibrillators, first aid kits and flags.
“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.
“By donating, communities across Queensland are effectively ensuring our volunteers have the right tools and training to do their jobs, which is to save lives.
“I encourage Queenslanders to support our surf lifesavers by donating online or when they see a lifesaver collecting this week.”
If you don’t see them out and about, donations can also be made online.