BP and Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) have today announced that Wainui Surf Life Saving Club is the 2018 winner of BP’s Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) donation after securing the most public and BP staff votes during the two-week ‘Vote the Boat’ campaign.
BP New Zealand’s Managing Director Debi Boffa thanks the thousands of New Zealanders for Voting the Boat to help decide which of the four finalist clubs from an incredible pool of nationwide submissions takes home $25,000 worth of lifesaving equipment.
“Our congratulations go to Wainui Surf Life Saving Club for producing a video and entry submission that told their story so well, and in doing so gained the highest number of votes. We are incredibly proud to know that the new IRB will benefit their club and local community for years to come,” she says.
“I’d like to acknowledge the incredible submissions from the other finalists – Kariaotahi, Waimarama and Oreti – each doing an amazing job of sharing the great community stories around their clubs educating New Zealanders about the role Surf Life Saving New Zealand clubs play in keeping our beaches safe and saving lives.”
Surf Life Saving New Zealand CEO Paul Dalton says as a charity, the continued support and generosity of partners like BP makes it possible for SLSNZ’s 5000+ volunteer lifeguards to patrol New Zealand’s beaches.
“The donation of an IRB to a surf lifesaving club is significant, as they are a major piece of rescue equipment and are involved in the majority of our rescues. On behalf of SLSNZ and our clubs we want to extend our sincere thanks to the team at BP – you are helping us make a real difference.”
Wainui Surf Life Saving Club’s prize includes an IRB hull, Mercury outboard engine, trailer, fuel bladder, rescue tube, two lifejackets (sometimes referred to as a PFD or Personal Flotation Device), two helmets and a $100 BP gift card.
Wainui Surf Life Saving Club Lifeguarding Director Belinda Slement says, “Winning this new IRB is just awesome for our club so we can better support our local community with the best equipment.
“Being part of this campaign has highlighted to us how supportive our local Wainui community and the Gisborne-Tairāwhiti region is. A huge thanks to BP for providing this opportunity to clubs, and we are looking forward to kicking off more IRB training leading into the start of our patrol season. We are so excited for the win.”
More than 21,000 votes were cast between August 26 and September 9 by Kiwis around the country.
BP has been in partnership with Surf Life Saving New Zealand for 50 years and both are in it for life. As part of their annual contribution to SLSNZ, BP donates a brand new IRB to one of the 74 surf life saving clubs around New Zealand as well as providing a BP gift card to all the clubs to assist with their running costs.
Together BP and SLSNZ make a difference - 55,000 lives have been saved by SLSNZ in the last 50 years with 22,000 lives saved using an IRB.
Alana McIsaac, Media & Communications Manager
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