SOUTH East Queensland’s army of volunteer surf lifesavers has received a timely boost ahead of the summer months, thanks to a $7,000 donation from the Cory Charitable Foundation (CCF).
The generous donation will see more than 35 surf life saving clubs from Rainbow Beach to Rainbow Bay presented with personal flotation devices to assist and protect their volunteer members whilst on patrol.
SLSQ chief operating officer George Hill said the support would significantly enhance the South East’s lifesaving capabilities moving forward.
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“Each and every year our volunteer surf lifesavers perform a vital service for the local community, collectively giving up more than 350,000 hours of their own time to watch over swimmers and protect beachgoers along Queensland’s coastline,” he said.
“Surf Life Saving Queensland relies heavily on the ongoing support and generosity of the community and organisations such as the Cory Charitable Foundation to ensure we have the resources in place to provide these services for many years to come.
“Personal flotation devices are vital pieces of equipment which help protect surf lifesavers, allowing them to perform their patrols and safeguard beachgoers more effectively.
“On behalf of our volunteer members, I would like to thank the Cory Charitable Foundation for this generous show of support,” he said.
Last year Queensland’s surf lifesavers volunteered more than 350,000 hours to patrol beaches and protect swimmers along the state’s coastline. During this time they performed 118,786 preventative actions, 3,373 first aid treatments and, most importantly, saved some 2,137 lives in the process.