Surf Safe Appeal launched with donation from Queensland Premier
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman launched Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) annual Surf Safe Appeal with a donation from the Queensland Government to support vital surf lifesaving services around the state.
Marking the 10th year of the annual door knock and street appeal, Premier Newman presented SLSQ Chief Executive Officer John Brennan and volunteer Surf Lifesavers with a cheque from the Queensland Government for $50,000 to assist with running the vital services that SLSQ’s more than 8,000 patrolling members provide to the community.
Ahead of the Surf Safe Appeal, which runs from Monday 18 November to Sunday 1 December 2013, Mr Brennan said that the Appeal was an avenue for volunteer surf lifesavers to highlight the services they provide to the community, and an opportunity for the public to give back to the vital and iconic organisation.
“Our Lifesavers embrace the unknown; they stand ready to serve our communities and our visitors throughout Queensland,” Mr Brennan said.
“Maintaining and purchasing rescue and safety equipment is an ongoing and necessary expense for Surf Life Saving Clubs across the state.”
It costs an estimated $25million to run surf life saving services in Queensland every year, and community support and donations are vital to delivering these services.
“Without the ongoing support of our partners, such as the Queensland Government, and public donations through campaigns like the Surf Safe Appeal, it would not be possible for surf lifesavers to keep our beaches and waterways safe,” Mr Brennan said.
Having supported SLSQ’s Surf Safe Appeal since inception, the Queensland Government is once again encouraging the community to get involved and donate, with Premier Campbell Newman kicking off the campaign.
“On behalf of the Queensland Government, I am proud to be supporting the Surf Safe Appeal once again, with our contribution set to make a difference to the lives of beachgoers around the state,” Mr Newman said.
“Volunteer surf lifesavers are highly skilled members of our community who perform a vital service on our patrolled beaches, which receive over 30 million visits each year.”
Premier Newman serves as a Vice Patron of Surf Life Saving Queensland, and is proud to support the work that the organisation does on and off the beach.
“I encourage all Queenslanders to think about the services that surf lifesavers provide, whether it is at the beach or our waterways, their education programs, or during times of natural disasters. Your donation will help save lives,” Mr Newman said.