There’s plenty to like about Ashlee’s efforts
WITH 640 votes and counting, Rainbow Beach Summer Surf Girl entrant Ashleigh Dodt could well run away with the Facebook People's Choice award at the Surf Girl gala ball to be held at Broadbeach next month.
The Jupiter's Summer Surf Girl is an annual awareness program for surf lifesaving clubs and branches throughout Queensland.
Every year, clubs are given the opportunity to nominate an entrant who will spend nine-12 months fundraising as an ambassador for surf lifesaving.
Throughout the year, the Jupiter's Summer Surf Girls become the public face of surf lifesaving to promote the movement and its need for support and funds from the community.
The Summer Surf Girl program also highlights the role women hold in surf lifesaving, a role that has changed significantly in the past 48 years.
Today, these fully trained female lifesavers perform various operational roles within their clubs including patrol members, patrol captain, IRB captain, youth development officers, junior activities coordinators, first aid officers and in club administration.
Ashleigh, 19, is studying full-time for her bachelor of occupational therapy and is the first local entrant in the Surf Girl quest in 14 years. She is a dedicated volunteer surf lifesaver, patrolling Rainbow Beach and training upcoming lifesavers.
"As part of my journey through the Jupiters Summer Surf Girl program I have run fundraisers, such as the golf day on March 25, and raffles, participated in the leadership teams of multiple branch and state youth development programs, participated in community events such as the Gympie Muster as well as Surf Life Saving Queensland flying me to Townsville to talk to children in rural communities about beach safety and our role as surf lifesavers," she said yesterday.
"The Jupiters Summer Surf Girl program has helped me develop on so many levels, introduced me to many amazing people and taken me places I had never dreamed of experiencing."
Gympie region residents can vote for Ashleigh in the Facebook People's Choice awards by going to Facebook and sharing and "liking" one of the photos of Ashleigh.
The Surf Girl program has been running annually since 1964, and has raised more than $12.5 million for surf clubs in Queensland.