Lesley answers Mail call for VMR
THE Currumbin Volunteer Marine Rescue's prayers have been answered by resident Lesley Bryant.
The community-minded local heeded the VMR's call for assistance and recently handed over a cheque for $25,000 to president Peter Saunders, following a story in the Gold Coast Mail asking for public donations for the service.
Ms Saunders said he is "ecstatic about the donation" because the VMR needed all the help it could get in purchasing a muchneeded catamaran enabling them to cross the sandbar when it is impassable to other craft.
"We really want to thank Lesley for the funding of the vessel," he said.
"It has taken away the worry about how we can conduct future rescues."
Ms Bryant felt compelled to donate the money after seeing the value in the service first-hand when her parents had cause to be rescued on their vessel.
"Anyone involved in yachting and boating knows how easy it can be to get into difficulty, due to changing weather conditions, even with the best equipment," she said.
In honour of Ms Bryant's donation, the new vessel will be named Timana III after her late father's vessel Timana II.
Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey said the donation would allow the VMR to do so much more and thanked Ms Bryant for her generosity.
"Our plea to the public has been answered in the most wonderful way," she said.
"Lesley Bryant is definitely our guardian angel. Her gift came out of the blue and has everyone jumping for joy.
"This gesture of benevolence and community goodwill has lifted the spirits of our dedicated volunteers at Currumbin VMR."