Scott Courtland, Greg Hackfath and Col Cowie don?t fancy patrolling the beaches on chairs this summer.
Scott Courtland, Greg Hackfath and Col Cowie don?t fancy patrolling the beaches on chairs this summer.

Towers of strength

By JENI FAULKNER

RIDICULOUS it may seem, but Coffs Harbour's lifeguards may be patrolling beaches on high chairs unless you can help them.

The Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Daybreak have organised a community project. The Towers of Strength fundraiser hopes to erect five lifeguard towers, at Park Beach, Sawtell Beach, Diggers Beach, Emerald Beach and Red Rock. It is also hoped extra funds could mean they will be fitted out with ancillary equipment such as defibrillators and jet skis.

Rotary chairperson Loretta Rigby said the recent drowning at Red Rock had heightened the need for towers.

"There are times in our life when we have to do things ourselves to make a dif- ference and this project is one of them," Ms Rigby said.

So far in the kitty there is just under $10,000 and Ms Rigby said Coffs Harbour City Council has committed $40,000 to the project which will be matched by the State Government.

"This means we have about $90,000, but we are going to need around $200,000 to be able to do this," she said.

"The reality is we need to reinforce how much we care about our beaches and how much community pride we have, and this is the way to do it."

The best way to be involved in the project is to attend the Gala Auction black tie event at Novotel Pacific Bay Resort on Saturday, October 23, from 7pm.

Tickets cost $95 which includes a three-course dinner, entertainment and an auction. For tickets phone 0427 580 226.

Donations can also be made at the Bananacoast Community Credit Union and deposited directly into the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Daybreak Towers of Strength project.



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