Surf Lifeguards at Pauanui and North Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs (SLSC) are set to reap the benefits of a new 4-wheel drive utility vehicle supported through the generous funding of Pub Charity and an equipment trial program proudly supported by CB Norwood Distributors Ltd New Zealand and their local Kubota dealers.
Last season, Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) worked with the support of Kubota in the trial of two side-by-side Kubota vehicles in Raglan and Papamoa. Last month, clubs were offered the chance to be considered part of the trail for the 2013/14 summer season.
Pauanui SLSC in Coromandel and North Beach SLSC in Christchurch have been selected as the lucky recipients of the latest trial. They will each receive an RTV1140 to help in their efforts to save lives on the beach next summer.
Pub Charity Chief Executive Martin Cheer says the organisation is proud to support Surf Life Saving's efforts. "In a rescue emergency there can be no greater need than people trained to intervene with the right equipment in hand. This donation is literally an investment in the lives of everyday New Zealanders. We hope beach-goers at Pauanui and North Beach don't need to call on this equipment but if they are unfortunate enough to experience a crisis, it will be there," he says.
CB Norwood Distributors Kubota Manager Ian Massicks says one of the company's strategies is to look at how it can help support the local community. "We're very proud to be supporting SLSNZ and our local Kubota dealers," he says.
Pauanui SLSC received their new vehicle from Central Motors in Ngatea while North Beach received theirs from Norwood Farm Machinery Centre in Christchurch.
Pauanui SLSC Chairman Peter McCormick says the club is incredibly excited to get the new vehicle as they really needed one. "We don't have a side-by-side so we're very keen to try it. Because of the length of our beach we do a roaming patrol so this will help with that as well as carrying rescue equipment," he says
Central Motors Manager Mark Browne says he is proud to be supplying the vehicle to the local club and such a fantastic cause. "We're a small company but we like to do as much as we can for SLSNZ as well as selling their toy IRBs," he says.
North Beach SLSC Chairman Dave East says they are very grateful for this opportunity. "Our club has a large patrolling area and a competitive membership and the Kubota RTV will be of huge value in our patrols. I am sure the crews will value assistance in moving craft on and off the beach - especially since our old tractor has 'died.' We look forward to working with Kubota in the coming season and extend our sincere thanks for their generous support," he says.
Norwood Farm Machinery Centre Branch Manager Jason Prendergast says the dealership is proud to supply, on behalf of Kubota New Zealand, the RTV for the upcoming season. "We recognise the need for reliable machinery when people's lives are in the balance. The use of the Kubota RTV1140 is a reflection of the fantastic job that Surf Life Saving does on our beaches each year," he says.
For more information about Surf Life Saving New Zealand and how you can help to get more of these important resources to your local surf lifeguard community visit www.surflifesaving.org.nn/kubota or for more information about Kubota dealers visit www.kubota.co.nz.