Record for fundraiser
THE Tweed Heads and Coolan-gatta SLSC made fundraising history last weekend.
The annual Queensland Surf Safe Appeal raised a new record of almost $750,000, of which TH&C raised in excess of $10,000.
As southern Gold Coast fundraisers, they came second only to Tugun SLSC.
TH&C Surf Safe appeal co-ordinator Mark Hryczyszyn said the importance of raising money and awareness for surf lifesaving was paramount.
“It was an exciting few days. We were all very pleased with thefinal outcome,” he said.
The total across Queensland for the sixth annual surf life saving initiative $741,513 was close to $100,000 more than last year.
Clubs in the State’s south-east corner raised nearly $64,000.
“I have run the surf safe appeal for the Tweed Heads and Coolangatta club for the last few years. It usually performs well, and this year was no exception,” Mr Hryczyszyn said.
“Every year we raise a bit more money. I’d say we’re improving by about 10 or 15 per cent per year.”
Money raised in the appeal will go towards ensuring volunteers can stay on the beaches and have the right training and equipment to do their jobs.
“It’s not just about raising the money; it’s also about getting the whole surf lifesaving movement in front of the public’s eyes and to show them how essential it is to have these services,” he said.
TH&C administrator Helen Carter said the club relies on fundraising, and she was proud of the fantastic effort.
“Every one dug deep, especially local businesses,” Ms Carter said.