Rainbow Beach surf lifesavers in action get in boardshorts to help them today.
Rainbow Beach surf lifesavers in action get in boardshorts to help them today. Craig Warhurst

Don shorts for safety fundraiser

SURF lifesavers are bracing for a bumper summer, as the mercury rises and thousands of holidaymakers head to our beaches.

You can help out by wearing board shorts or beach attire to work today and donating a gold coin to support Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ).

Anyone wanting to make a donation can visit www.boardiesday.com.au.

From Saturday, December 12, SLSQ will boost its patrol hours and coverage will increase across beaches to cope with the greater demand during the peak period.

SLSQ lifesaving services manager George Hill said lifesavers were fully prepared to cater for the summer crowds, but ensuring the safety of beachgoers came at a cost.

“Our volunteers will be on the beach longer over summer, to watch over tourists and holiday-makers but before they hit the beach there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes,” he said.

It’s estimated 75 per cent of Queenslanders are regular beachgoers.

Last summer, from December to February, on average, someone was rescued every 11 minutes by a volunteer lifesaver during weekend patrol hours.

This equates to 1722 lives saved, yet less than 1 per cent of the state’s population gives regularly to Surf Life Saving to support the efforts of volunteer patrols.

The expenditure associated with maintaining beach patrols is always increasing.

During the next three days people can help save a life by participating in one of Surf Life Saving’s major fundraising initiatives.

Gympie Times


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