Sawtell surf life savers (from left) Tahlia Kollen, Sophie McConnachie, Ky Kinsela, Emily Girard and Mette Klinkers volunteered their time to keep beachgoers safe.
Sawtell surf life savers (from left) Tahlia Kollen, Sophie McConnachie, Ky Kinsela, Emily Girard and Mette Klinkers volunteered their time to keep beachgoers safe.

National Volunteers Week salutes our local surf lifesavers

NATIONAL Volunteer Week kicks off from Monday and Surf Life Saving NSW would like to pay tribute to those who selflessly volunteer their time to protect the community.

The summer patrol season is now over but in North Coast branch alone, thousands of hours of unpaid attention has gone into keeping beaches safe for the enjoyment of all.

In fact, across NSW volunteer surf lifesavers donated over 500,000 hours of their time to patrol beaches, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of hours of behind the scenes work that are essential for the smooth running of our surf clubs.

And that's without taking into consideration the competitive side of surf club life.

From organising events like the HQB Australia Day Fun Run at Coffs Harbour Jetty, to the exploits of surf athletes and rowers who have brought so much gold, silver and bronze bling back home from carnivals around Australia.

"On behalf of Surf Life Saving NSW we would like to thank all our volunteers for their dedication, commitment, and generous spirit," NSW president Tony Haven said.

"For over a century, volunteers have been backbone of the surf life saving movement and we hope that the next generation are inspired to take up the cause.

"You don't need to be a frontline patrolling lifesaver to be a valuable volunteer.

"Every single member of a surf club plays a vital role in pursuing our core mission of saving lives and in doing so makes the beaches safe for everyone to enjoy.

"All of our volunteers, whether they are lifesavers, coaches, officials, SurfCom operators or the people who staff the barbeque or serve on club committees, are a valued part of the surf life saving family."



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