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Lifesavers to reach further


Wespac Maroochydore branch manager Christine Hall and Mudjimba club captain Kaitlyn Akers check out the new radios. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1430
Wespac Maroochydore branch manager Christine Hall and Mudjimba club captain Kaitlyn Akers check out the new radios. Photo: Mike Garry/scw1430

Mudjimba, Noosa Heads, Marcoola and Maroochydore surf clubs are among 11 clubs across the state to receive two waterproof radios each, thanks to a $10,400 donation by Westpac.

The UHF hand-held radios, which are worth $800 each, were given to the clubs through Westpac’s generous donation to the Channel Nine Surf Safe Appeal, set up to direct surf lifesaving equipment and resources where they are needed most.

Mudjimba Surf Life Saving Club captain Kaitlyn Akers said the new radios would allow lifesavers to extend their reach on the beach.

“We’ll be able to use these radios for many functions because they’re so durable and robust, which is important when you consider the kinds of conditions these pieces of equipment have to withstand,” she said.

“The radios will be carried by our patrol captains to aid their communications with SurfCom, our radio command centre, and will help our lifesavers during patrols, rescues and surveillance operations.”

Westpac Maroochydore branch manager Christine Hall said she was thrilled the bank could come to the aid of local clubs to help them carry out their crucial volunteer surf lifesaving duties.

“Westpac strongly believes in backing grassroots community work, and we’re proud to support the efforts of surf lifesavers here in Mudjimba and elsewhere on the Sunshine Coast,” she said.

“We hope the addition of these new radios will enable Mudjimba Surf Life Saving Club to build on the great work they already do.”

Ms Hall said Westpac had a long association with surf lifesaving, through initiatives such as the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter and surf safety campaigns, and had donated more than $30,000 worth of rescue boards and first-aid kits for Queensland beaches in recent years.


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