Brighton Surf Life Saving Club in Dunedin will be officially presented with their brand new IRB from BP today thanks to the BP Click For Your Club competition.
BP launched the competition giving away two Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) for the second year running, in recognition of the important role the rescue boats play in helping to save hundreds of lives across the country every year.
Brighton, along with fellow winners Otaki Surf Life Saving Club, managed to pull in nearly 30,000 online votes between them over the three weeks of the national competition, calling on community groups, schools, shops, and members of their community to show their support by voting for them online.
More than 50,000 votes were cast for all six finalists across the competition.
The new IRB will be officially presented to Brighton at 6pm tonight. BP Bays Junction Manager Rebecca Young will be in attendance along with Surf Life Saving New Zealand Board member Colin Weatherall.
A large number of Brighton Surf Life Saving Club members will also be in attendance and will get their new IRB out on the water for a test run.
Brighton SLSC President Nevan Trotter says as a small club in Dunedin, opportunities like this are once in a lifetime.
"The new IRB is a fantastic asset to our club's patrolling capabilities as well as benefiting the wider community through our role in Otago Marine Search and Rescue operations. We want to say thanks to local businesses and everyone who got behind us and voted and especially BP for giving us this opportunity," he says.
Otaki Surf Life Saving Club was formally presented with their new IRB by BP last Friday.
The stories of both Surf Life Saving Clubs, along with the other four Click For Your Club finalists, can still be viewed at www.clickforyourclub.co.nz.
Lisa Honeybone, Media & Communications Specialist,
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