Surf Life Saving celebrates its volunteers on International Volunteer Day

Posted by SLSNZ Media on Thursday, December 4, 2014

As its thousands of volunteers gear up for their Summer Appeal fundraising events, Surf Life Saving New Zealand is also taking the opportunity to thank its lifeguards and club administrators on International Volunteer Day 2014.

Created by the United Nations to celebrate and recognise volunteers across the globe, International Volunteer Day is held annually on December 5 around the globe.

The day is co-ordinated annually by Volunteering New Zealand who also uses the event to create awareness around the importance of continued volunteer efforts in our communities.

The theme for this year is "Ma tini ma mano ka rapa te whai - By many, by thousands, the work will be accomplished."

Surf Life Saving New Zealand CEO Paul Dalton says on behalf of the organisation he would like to thank the people who will volunteer to help make our beaches a safer place for Kiwis and their families to enjoy their summer.

"We have around 4,000 frontline volunteer lifeguards who will spend over 200,000 hours keeping a watchful eye on over 80 beaches throughout the country this year as well as an army of club administrators who make it all happen. These are everyday Kiwis who are giving up their time and energy to help their local community and they do so selflessly, year after year, he says.

"As a charity, it's thanks to these amazing people that Surf Life Saving can continue to operate."

The Surf Life Saving Summer Appeal, which began on December 1 and runs through to February 28, 2015, aims to raise much needed funds in support of these volunteer lifeguards.

"Surf Life Saving is an essential rescue service as well as a charity that needs the public's support to enable lifeguards to save more lives. As a charity, we rely on donations to make that possible and we appreciate all the support people can give us," says Mr Dalton.

To support the appeal text the word 'SURF' to 849 to automatically donate $3 or click here to make a donation online.

To find out more about Surf Life Saving New Zealand or becoming a volunteer lifeguard, please click here.

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For more information, please contact:

Lisa Honeybone, Media & Communications Specialist, SLSNZ
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823
Email lisa.honeybone@surflifesaving.org.nz