Donuts for lifesavers
A SMALL Tweed cafe threw its weight and its donuts behind% National Boardies Day yesterday to raise funds for the surf lifesav- ing movement. While workers across Austra- lia were encouraged to wear board shorts to work, Gilly Tubbs, the owner of the Dolphin Juice Cafe in Machinery Drive and her head chef Dolph Cooke decided to donate all the pro- ceeds from sales of donuts dur- ing the day to the cause. "Everything from all donuts sold will go to Fingal Surf Life Saving Club. Anything Aussie we are into," said Dolph, who recent- ly imported an American donut-- making machine to make "the perfect donut." The cafe's involvement was en- couraged by employment agency TTEC Enterprises, whose staff had taken a liking to the Dolphin donuts and had themselves been raising funds all week for Surf% Lifesaving Australia. TTEC spokeswoman Michelle Dowding said workers there had --------------- --------------- been "selling yellow and red goods - mostly edible - on staff kitchen tables. The fundraising culminated yesterday in Boardies Day which celebrated 100 years of surf life- saving in Australia. TTEC is also donating $4000 at the end of its annual 100 Jobs in 100 Days campaign to Northern NSW surf lifesaving clubs and Ms Dowding said the firm want- ed to encourage other local busi- nesses also donate to this --------------- --------------- worthy cause". Ms Dowding said TTEC was now at Day 75 of the campaign with 86 "permanent and sustainable jobs" found for local jobseekers. According to Surf Life Saving Australia more than 100,000 people from all around Australia officially nominated to swap their uniforms for beach wear to help raise vital funds. For the first time, businesses and schools were able to nomi- nate the club of their choice to donate all the money raised. In NSW alone more than 200 businesses and 100 schools regis- tered, with participants encour- --------------- --------------- aged to make a gold coin dona- tion in return for wearing their boardies to school or work. Much of the focus on Boardies Day was at Martin Place in the Sydney CBD, where demonstra- tions, interviews and entertain- ment took place throughout the day. Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Phil Vanny said money raised would help put rescue equipment on the beach as well as train% volunteer surf lifesavers.