Stair climb a big step towards saving lives on Gold Coast beaches


Gold Coast beaches are set to be safer in the years to come after Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) was named as the official charity partner of the 2017 SkyPoint Sea to Sky Q1 Stair Challenge.

To be held on 26 February 2017, the event will see participants run or walk up 77 gruelling flights of stairs, with all proceeds going directly back into local surf lifesaving services.
The charity event will inject vital and much-needed funds into protecting beachgoers and boosting services along the coastline.

Off the back of her second Coolangatta Gold victory late last year, ironwoman champion Courtney Hancock has thrown her support behind the event.

Since SLSQ’s patrol season officially kicked off on 17 September last year, its lifeguards and volunteer surf lifesavers on the Gold Coast have watched over in excess of 10.2 million people and rescued 369 people from dangerous situations in the water.

In addition, they’ve also treated 8,115 first aid patients for cuts and abrasions, while performing a further 348,814 preventative actions to safeguard swimmers and beachgoers.

SLSQ Gold Coast lifesaving services coordinator Nathan Fife said that money raised through the Stair Challenge would go straight back into improving and enhancing these vital services.

“Time and time again our volunteer surf lifesavers are there to help the community when needed the most, and this is a great chance to support them, and ensure they have the training and resources needed to continue saving lives on the Gold Coast,” Mr Fife said.

“Like our red and yellow lifesavers, SkyPoint and Q1 are iconic sights on the Gold Coast and we’re really proud and pleased to be the official charity partner of this year’s Stair Challenge.”

SkyPoint Operations Manager Dylan Hunt welcomed the new partnership saying it was a perfect fit given SkyPoint’s position as Australia’s only beachside observation deck.

“At SkyPoint, we’re blessed with the best beach and ocean views on the Gold Coast,” said Mr Hunt.

“It’s only fitting that our major charity event supports the unsung heroes who help keep beachgoers safe and protect one of the great tourism assets that entices millions of visitors to our city every year.”

Registrations are open online at https://www.onlineentry.com.au/Q1StairChallenge_2017.aspx.

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