Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) annual Surf Safe Appeal has received a timely and generous boost thanks to a $50,000 donation from Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.
Now in its 11th year the Surf Safe Appeal is one of SLSQ’s largest fundraising initiatives, with all money raised going straight back into surf life saving clubs and protecting beachgoers across the state.
SLSQ chief executive officer John Brennan thanked the Queensland Government for its donation, saying it would go a long way towards saving lives and protecting beachgoers.
“Queensland’s volunteer surf lifesavers embrace the unknown, and every weekend and public holiday across summer, they stand ready to serve our communities and our visitors throughout Queensland,” he said.
“Each year our volunteers spend more than 300,000 hours on patrol and they don’t do it for any other reason except a passion for protecting beachgoers, saving lives, and giving back to the community,” he said.
Mr Brennan said it costs an estimated $25 million to run surf life saving services in Queensland each year, and community support and donations are vital to delivering these services.
“Maintaining and purchasing rescue and safety equipment is an ongoing and necessary expense for surf life saving clubs across the state,” he said.
“Without the ongoing support of our partners, such as the Queensland Government, and public donations through campaigns like the Surf Safe Appeal, it simply wouldn’t be possible for surf lifesavers to keep our beaches and waterways safe,” Mr Brennan said.
Last year Queensland’s surf lifesavers volunteered more than 350,000 hours to patrol beaches and protect swimmers. During that time they performed 118,786 preventative actions
Running across two weeks from September 1-14, the Surf Safe Appeal has already seen thousands of surf lifesavers take to the street, door-knocking and brandishing their collection tins to raise vital funds for their respective clubs. Donations can be made online at www.surfsafeappeal.com.au or by calling 1800 642 925.