National Volunteer Week Profile - Deb Rendall

Avoca Beach SLSC member Deb Rendall became a surf lifesaver in 1999 thanks to her family who were involved in Nippers. Deb believes volunteering is a great way to meet new people and give back to the community which she does a lot of, and not just in the red and yellow uniform.

We asked Deb about her volunteer activities and what she receives from volunteering.

Volunteering Australia’s slogan for National Volunteer Week is ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’. What does this mean to you?

To me it means that by volunteering you can give something to the community that you live in and provide people with a safe and friendly place to enjoy.

Why do you volunteer?

I volunteer because it’s a great way of meeting new people.

What's the favourite thing about being a volunteer?

Meeting new people and spending time with like-minded individuals from different backgrounds.

Apart from being a surf lifesaver, what other volunteer roles do you undertake?

I have also volunteered when my kids were at school, in the canteen, reading groups and on the P&C. I also volunteer at my son’s rugby club.

When did you join Surf Life Saving and why?

I joined Avoca Beach SLSC when my daughter (now 26) joined Nippers. My husband was her Age Manager and I became the Nippers Secretary. I obtained my Bronze Medallion to assist with Nippers water safety.

What ways do you contribute to Surf Life Saving as a volunteer?

I have patrolled, been Nippers Secretary and am currently the Director of Administration for the club.

What would you tell someone to encourage them to become a surf lifesaver?

Australia is surrounded by water, people need to learn to swim, so learn to swim then come and join a surf club, it is a great way to learn some new skills and make friends.

Favourite moment as a volunteer in Surf Life Saving?

Watching the younger members of our club do a rescue, this makes you aware that they have listened to what they have been trained to do and they are capable of saving a person in trouble in the surf.

Fri 12 May 2017