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Don your boardies and help save lives

With 36,000 km of coastline, it’s a sad fact that 20% of Australians will get into difficulty at the beach during the course of their life time. Surf Life Saving has a proud tradition of saving lives for more than 100 years. Since 1907, surf lifesavers have volunteered their time and effort to provide a dedicated lifesaving service around the country. Today, volunteer lifesavers from 311 clubs around the country patrol Australia’s coastline, helping to protect thousands of beach-goers every year. Now, it’s our turn to help. On Friday February 22nd, school children, employees – even bosses – around the country will be pulling out their board shorts and wearing them to school or work. Why? To raise much needed funds for Surf Life Saving Australia.

Whilst the hoards of red and yellow-clad volunteers do a fantastic job each and every weekend of the Australian summer, the fact remains it costs a minimum $850 to train each lifesaver to the minimum standards required by the organisation. Boardies Day is an annual fundraising event to raise vital funds for lifesaving services throughout Australia. It’s a day to celebrate summer, our beaches, our lifestyle and our volunteer lifesavers who give up their time to protect us at the beach.

As well as training volunteer lifesavers, the money raised will contribute towards buying new rescue gear and equipment. In 2012 alone, a rescue tube costing just $120, was used in 2,927 rescues. Unfortunately, constant exposure to the sun, sand and salt-water means equipment needs ongoing maintenance and replacement. Last year, too, 17,600 beach goers received first aid treatment, and funds raised during Boardies Day will be used to replenish the Clubs’ first aid rooms.

Of course, prevention is always better than cure, so funds will also be allocated to ongoing education, ensuring the 80% of Australians who visit the beach each year are equipped with the knowledge they need to avoid dangerous situations.

To get involved with Boardies Day and find out more, register your interest today.

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Lizzy has more than ten years’ experience in the print and digital publishing arena and is the Editor at Single File. Having moved from the UK to Australia in 2008, Lizzy has worked for a number of leading publishers in Sydney and has particular expertise in the health, wellness and travel markets. If you have any questions for Lizzy, you can send them across by email to lizzy@singlefile.com.au.



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