Last year, surf lifesavers along the Gold Coast treated more than 11,000 beach-goers with first aid and rescued over 840 swimmers. Now they need our help to raise crucial funds for their work.
During SOS Week (23-29 October 2017) Gold Coasters are being asked to ‘Support our Savers’ by making a donation towards the life savers and their work – which protects all beach goers throughout the year.
Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Gold Coast regional Manager Lachlan Sherrington says “a lot of people tend to forget that SLSQ is actually a charity organisation which relies heavily on the generosity of the community to ensure that we can continue to deliver the highest level of beach safety.”
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“To effectively set up a beach patrol it costs thousands for equipment, including inflatable rescue boats, surf rescue boards, rescue tubes and defibrillators. Along with the cost associated in establishing a beach patrol, it costs $850 to train a lifesaver.
“By donating, the community is effectively ensuring our volunteers have the right tools and training to do their job, which is to save lives,” said Mr Sherrington.
Surf lifesavers will be fundraising across the Gold Coast during SOS Week, or donations can be made online at sosweek.com.au