Wellington Phoenix bucket collecting for Surf Life Saving

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Wellington Phoenix players will be out on the streets of Auckland with volunteer lifeguards tomorrow morning, encouraging people to give generously to the charity working to keep people safe at the beach this summer. 

The Surf Life Saving Summer Appeal is on now and includes the national street collection tomorrow, January 31.

The Wellington Phoenix are a charity partner of Surf Life Saving New Zealand and to show their support, they will be on the corner of Victoria Street West and Hobson Street between 7.45am and 8.15am, helping to collect donations from the public.

Collectors will be out in force from North to South tomorrow and Kiwis around the country are being encouraged to show their appreciation for surf lifeguards by supporting the Appeal.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand CEO Paul Dalton says the Summer Appeal is an important annual event for Surf Life Saving to raise awareness and much needed funds that support our lifesaving services.

"Our lifeguards give up their summer to keep a watchful eye on New Zealand's favourite playground, the beach, but they need the public's help to keep them there. There is still a huge range of costs to keep volunteer lifeguards trained and equipped with the gear they need to save lives," he says.

The Wellington Phoenix will also make a special appearance at a free event for the general public in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter tomorrow afternoon in celebration of the Surf Life Saving Summer Appeal collection day.

The event will take place from 12-3pm in Wynyard Quarter, opposite the convention centre.

The team will be on site from 1.30- 2.30pm tomorrow and from 1.45pm - 2.15pm they will be offering people the chance to kick for prizes, including tickets to Saturday's game.

Please give generously when you see collectors out on the street tomorrow. You can also text the word 'SURF' to 933 to automatically donate $3 or visit to donate online.

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Honeybone, Media & Communications Specialist, SLSNZ
Phone 09 303 9335 or 0276 488 823