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Businesses Raise Funds Up the Tower

The beach comes to the city as businesses go Up the Tower

Up the Tower will once again transform the Queen Street Mall into a sandy beachscape as Brisbane’s business fraternity bands together to raise money for Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ).

On Friday 20 September from 11am-2pm, participants will go “up the tower” – i.e. surf rescue towers – where they will remain, armed with their mobile phones, until they’ve each raised a minimum of $1,000 from friends and contacts.
Representatives from Microhire QLD, Design by Look, Cornerstone Properties, Wallace Bishop Jewellers, and Watts Next will take up the challenge, as well as long term supporter of SLSQ, Westpac.

Participating for his eighth year, Matt McNaughton is excited for the challenge again, with the aim of topping the $8,000 that he single-handedly raised last year.
“Westpac have once again committed to being up the tower for the duration of the event, and our staff are always up for the challenge of raising much-needed funds for Surf Life Saving Queensland,” said Mr McNaughton.
Westpac Banking Corporation is once again committing to matching dollar-for-dollar the funds raised by their staff while sitting up the tower.
“This commitment is a reflection of how highly Westpac regards the services provided by Surf Life Saving Queensland, and our ongoing support of this great organisation,” said Mr McNaughton.
Channel TEN Weather Presenter Josh Holt will act as MC for the event, which will see Surf Lifesavers converge on the Queen Street Mall donning their red and yellow patrol uniforms.

A fashion parade will entertain the crowds, showcasing the latest beachwear from City Beach just in time for the season, and passers-by will be able to lend their support and make a donation to one of the Surf Life Saving support staff on hand or by dropping their spare change into the collection tins.
SLSQ Chief Operations Officer George Hill said Up the Tower is a timely initiative, given the army of SLSQ lifesaving volunteers will start their patrolling season on the beaches on Saturday, 21 September and are already preparing for a busy summer patrol season.

“Up the Tower is a great way for businesses to ‘go on patrol’ for Surf Life Saving, whose volunteers donate their time to keep beachgoers safe,” said Mr Hill.
“Monies raised will go directly towards the provision of lifesaving rescue equipment for clubs across Queensland, whose lifesavers help keep our beaches safe for the estimated 30 million visits received each year.

“Surf Life Saving volunteers have been giving their services to the state for over a century, so this is a chance for Queenslanders to show appreciation for their fantastic work and help them continue their services for another century.”

2013 Up The Tower participants include:

  • Russell Bennett, Microhire QLD
  • Brady Downes, Design by Look
  • Anne Tocker, Watts Next
  • Katie Hamilton, Watts Next
  • Liz Pidgeon, Cornerstone Properties Pty Ltd (not able to attend on the day, but still fundraising)
  • Nick Adams, ReachTEL
  • Matt McNaughton, Westpac Banking Corporation
  • Claude Downing, Wallace Bishop Jeweller
  • Rusty, QLD Reds Mascot
  • Shannon Laverack, Fundraising Manager, Surf Lifesaving Foundation
  • Craig Carter, Computershare
  • Simon Proctor, Treasury Casino & Hotel
  • Kyle Koziol, Easternwell
  • Geoff Davey, Pronto Direct

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