Have a ball to help lifesavers

CASAURINA residents are suiting up in order to see more lifeguards on their beaches.

The inaugural Casuarina Charity Ball, on tomorrow night, will raise funds to employ lifeguards on the currently unprotected stretch of beach.

A sub-committee of the Casuarina Residents' Association, Kidsafe Beaches Charity chairman Peter Nielsen said they were hoping to raise enough money to ensure the beach was protected over the school holidays and main weekends.

“It cost about $25,000 to hire lifeguards per season,” Mr Nielsen said.

“We've got nothing at the moment because we've got to raise some funds.

“But I'm hoping we'll raise $10,000 at the ball but it would even be great if we raised $5000.”

Mr Nielsen said Tweed Shire Council provides for a small amount of patrols over the Christmas period.

“We had a drowning here quite a few years ago and decided we needed to raise money to get some lifeguards.

“Ideally having the beach patrolled all year round would be fantastic but that would cost a lot of money.

“We're not big enough to have our own surf club yet.”

Mr Nielsen said the Casuarina Residents' Association was always thinking of new ways to raise funds.

“Every year we have a golf and tennis day and this year we thought it would be fun to have a black-tie ball,” he said.

“It's been such a tough couple of years so the support we're getting from Casuarina and the greater region is fantastic.”

This weekend's ball at the Bamboo Restaurant and Bar is tipped to be one of the most exclusive social events this year on the Tweed, award-winning chef Greg Pieper said.

“I have designed a gourmet, four-course dinner and tickets are limited to 80 people, making it a fairly exclusive affair,” he said.

“The ball is a great excuse for visitors and locals to dress up and enjoy the finer things in life, while helping the Kidsafe Beaches Charity.”

For tickets phone (02) 6670 5555.

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