The red and yellow beach patrol flags will be flying high, and fast, this weekend when Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) partners with Walkinshaw Racing’s Team 18 at the 2015 V8 Ipswich SuperSprint event.
The weekend’s racing will see Team 18 literally drive home the surf safety message, with much of their car’s regular paintwork making way for a sea of red and yellow messaging in a bid to raise much-needed funds and awareness for volunteer surf lifesavers across the state.
It signals the launch of an official partnership between Team 18 and the state’s peak authority on coastal safety, with SLSQ named as the charity partner of the V8 team.
SLSQ chief operating officer George Hill thanked Team 18 for its wonderful show of support, and said it was a unique opportunity to give the iconic ‘swim between the flags’ message a high-octane makeover.
“As an organisation we’re constantly looking for opportunities to save lives through education and spreading the surf safety message, and this partnership is a wonderful opportunity to do exactly that, while raising some much-needed funds in the process,” he said.
“Our vision is to achieve ‘zero preventable deaths in Queensland public waters’ and that’s supported by thousands of volunteer members across the state who give up their own time each year to watch over and protect beachgoers.
“It’s wonderful for a group like Team 18 to not only share that passion and vision, but also come on board as ambassadors and begin to play a key role raising funds, spreading the surf safety message and, ultimately, saving lives on Queensland beaches,” he said.
The partnership will also see Team 18’s drivers wear specially-designed red and yellow uniforms at the 2015 Castrol Edge Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercars event.
“The ‘swim between the flags’ message is iconic throughout Australia, and we are very proud to promote this very important message. I love Queensland and its beaches and it’s important that we keep them safe,” Team 18 owner Charlie Schwerkolt said.
“If we can help SLSQ achieve their goal of ‘zero preventable deaths in Queensland public waters’ and promote a very important message, then that is fantastic!”