Tags: Bribie Island Surf Lifesaving Club. Brisbane. Queensland
As a community, we must consider ourselves very fortunate to live in an area which provides us access to the beautiful serene waters of the Pumicestone Passage and also the golden surf beaches at Woorim. With this in mind, we must take the time to think about the dedicated lifesavers of the Bribie Island Surf Lifesaving Club who give freely of their time to keep locals and visitors safe whenever they visit those beaches.
Featured Image(above): Patrol members Jack Bruce, Lily Bruce and Jacob Van Haren with the collection tins that they will be hoping to fill.
Bribie Island Surf Lifesaving Club Vice- President Jenny Sunner told me recently that the club spends approximately $180,000 annually to keep the patrols on the beach. ‘As well as the expense of keeping our patrol members up to date with awards and so on, equipment needs to be replaced from time to time,’ said Jenny.
‘To purchase a new defibrillator costs about $2,000 and to replace each of our communications hand-held radios we spend $1,200,’ she explained. Jenny said that at the moment, the club is desperately in need of a new four-wheel drive which will cost about $40,000 so it is easy to understand why the approaching collection week is so vital.
In order to raise the funding that is essential to keep our lifesavers on patrol, the Surf Lifesaving movement’s annual collection will run from 15th until 21st October and has the theme, “SOS – Support Our Savers.” Bribie Island SLSC Fundraising Co-Ordinator Steven Zmuda told me that during that week, and especially on the 20th and 21st, our Bribie Lifesavers will be out with their collection tins and as well as at the Bribie Island Shopping Centre, they will be at a number of other businesses in the area and at the Burpengary Railway Station.
They will also be doing a door knock throughout the residential areas. Both Jenny and Steven stressed the fact that all funds raised by our lifesavers will go directly to the Bribie club. ‘The money stays on the island,’ said Steven. He also happened to mention that the club is keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in a sponsorship and for information on that, he can be contacted on 0439 543 316.
Each year, the lifesavers at the Bribie Island Surf Lifesaving Club dedicate an average of ninety patrol hours each and this should be seen as a reason for their local community to dig deep during this fundraising week which celebrates, supports and raises vitally important funds that help to ensure our lifesaving heroes are always there to help. For those who wish, donations can be made to the club’s bank account – Bribie Island Surf Lifesaving Club Gift Account; Westpac, BSB 034119, Account 263583.