BROADBEACH volunteer surf lifesavers will be able to keep beachgoers safer with addition of a brand new an inflatable rescue boat (IRB).
The Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) received the boat thanks to a $20,000 donation from Jupiters Hotel & Casino during the recent Surf Safe Appeal.
Volunteer surf lifesavers at Nobbys Beach SLSC and Miami Beach SLSC will also be able to better patrol busy beaches with new surf rescue boards, funded by Jupiters’ donation.
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SLSQ chief executive officer John Brennan OAM said that the support from Jupiters Hotel & Casino is a significant contribution, with a number of clubs on the Gold Coast set to benefit.
“Our Surf Life Saving Clubs provide a vital service for the local community, with volunteer surf lifesavers giving up countless hours of their own time to watch over swimmers and ensure that residents and tourists alike can enjoy our beautiful beaches safely,” Mr Brennan said.
“The generously donated IRB will assist Broadbeach SLSC volunteer surf lifesavers patrol its stretch of beach and ocean to prevent potential water incidents, reach victims faster, and assist the community with local emergencies and natural disasters.”
The Surf Safe Appeal is now in its 11th year and Jupiters Hotel & Casino has been a corporate donor since the very beginning; a milestone for which Mr Brennan was full of praise.
“SLSQ relies heavily on the generosity of people and organisations such as Jupiters Hotel & Casino, and on behalf of Surf Life Saving Queensland I thank them for their outstanding and ongoing support,” he said.
Jupiters Hotel & Casino Managing Director Queensland Geoff Hogg said the strong relationship between the two organisations is one the entire Jupiters team is extremely proud of.
“Jupiters has supported this vital community-based organisation for 11 years through the Surf Safe Appeal and 20 years with the Jupiters Summer Surf Girl program,” Mr Hogg said.
“To be able to make such a big difference to Broadbeach SLSC and volunteer surf lifesavers through this donation is something the team is incredibly proud of, and we look forward to seeing the IRB in action.”
While the 2014 Surf Safe Appeal officially wrapped up last month, you can still donate at surfsafeappeal.com.au