The Goolwa Surf Life Saving Club can now purchase vital adult and nipper rescue boards and a new PA system and warning alarm after receiving two funding grants this past month.
The club received almost $5000 from The Harcourts Foundation, and another $2231 from the RAA in two separate grants.
Chief instructor and nipper co-coordinator Matt Burrage said the new PA system would improve the club’s ability to communicate with the community on the beach.
“The hand-held speaker that we use at the moment was limited range so the new system will be great for improving safety,” he said.
“It will allow us to educate people on the presence of rips and other potential dangers,” he said.
From the RAA, the club will also receive solar panels and a battery for their observation tower.
RAA Victor Harbor shop manager Tony Smith said the local office loved to see RAA supporting its community through the Regional Safety Grants.
Mr Burrage said the donation from the Harcourts Foundation meant the club would be able to purchase four new rescue boards for the very first time.
“Since we started, we’ve always just relied on second hand boards from other surf clubs and some are around 20 years old,” he said.
“The new nipper boards will allow the kids to train on modern equipment not obsolete equipment.”
He said two of the boards would be for the adults and would replace the club’s aging boards.
The Harcourts Foundation charity was launched in August 2008 and offices throughout Australia have been raising money to provide support that helps, grows and enriches their communities.
The majority of the contributions are from Harcourts branches, whose business owners and sales consultants contribute a set donation with every single property they sell, through salary sacrifice.
If you are a part of a local charity, and would like to apply for a grant through the Harcourts Foundation, please visit the website www.harcourtsfoundation.org/apply/ or you can contact our office on 08 8552 5744 and ask for Carlie Gibson for more information.