Helensburgh-Stanwell, Garie and Coalcliff Surf Life Saving Clubs (SLSC) have each received $5,000 from the NSW Liberal & National Government to purchase patrol uniforms for local volunteers.

Minister responsible for Volunteering, Ray Williams and I visited Helensburgh-Stanwell SLSC today to thank local volunteers. Surf Life Saving members selflessly put up their hands to help patrol our beaches and keep our community safe.

Volunteers across the three local SLSC protect our beaches. It is vital we acknowledge this contribution and support these volunteers to carry out this critical work.

In NSW there are approximately 20,000 Surf Life Saving volunteers who help patrol our beaches during the summer season. “Volunteers are the backbone of surf lifesaving clubs across the state and without them our beaches would not be safely patrolled,” Mr Williams said. “We do not take for granted the invaluable support our lifesavers give back to the community and this funding will assist them in their volunteering roles.”

Steven Pearce, Surf Life Saving NSW CEO said apart from the iconic red and yellow flags visitors to our beaches look for, the visibility of our volunteer lifesavers standing in their red and yellow patrol uniforms represent safety and trust. It is the iconic brand of surf lifesaving.  The generous grant provided to Garie, Coalcliff and Stanwell Park Helensburgh SLSCs will greatly assist these clubs this coming patrolling season.

To find out more information on volunteering and to find volunteering opportunities, visit: www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au