Lifesavers Recognised in Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week kicks-off from Monday 11 May, and Surf Life Saving NSW would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to those who selflessly volunteer their time to protect the community.

The theme for 2015 is Give Happy, Live Happy and it is a theme that the Surf Life Saving family actively tries to embrace. Apart from their involvement within lifesaving, many of our members also donate their time to other worthy causes.

In the 2014/15 season our volunteer surf lifesavers donated over 500,000 hours of their time to patrol beaches across the state, 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.

“On behalf of Surf Life Saving NSW we would like to thank all our volunteers for their dedication, commitment, and generous spirit,” President Tony Haven said ahead of National Volunteer Week.

“For over a century, volunteers have been the backbone of the Surf Life Saving movement, and we know that the next generation will be 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,” he said.

“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.”

To mark the week, each day we will feature one of our amazing volunteers on our website and social media pages. Each member represents one of the many ways people volunteer their time to Surf Life Saving. On Monday we will also be launching a special competition on our Facebook Page so make sure you enter for your chance to win.

National Volunteer Week runs from Monday 11 - Sunday 17 May 2015.

Fri 8 May 2015