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Lifesavers boosted by Cory Charitable Foundation

South East Queensland’s army of volunteer surf lifesavers have received a timely boost thanks to crucial support and funding from the Cory Charitable Foundation (CFF).

The generous donation, valued at $9,600, has allowed Surf Life Saving Queensland to purchase six soft rescue boards for clubs on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

Mudjimba, Miami, Broadbeach, Pacific, Bilinga and Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Clubs have all been supplied with a board courtesy of the CFF, with the boards to be used for beach patrols, rescues and training.

SLSQ lifesaving services manager Peta Lawlor said the support would significantly enhance the South East’s patrol and rescue capacity moving forward.

“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,” Ms Lawlor 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.

“We’re already looking ahead to the peak summer months, and these boards will be put to good use when our volunteer surf lifesavers return to the beach in September for the start of the 2016/17 patrol season.

“On behalf of Surf Life Saving Queensland and our volunteer members, I would like to thank the Cory Charitable Foundation for this generous donation and show of support,” she said.

Last year, Queensland’s surf lifesavers volunteered 352,807 patrol hours, performing 110,288 preventative actions to safeguard swimmers, treated 4,611 first aid patients and rescued some 2,124 beachgoers.

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