$30,000 donation from Rotary fits out new Goolwa SLSC medical room

30k fit out: Rotary Club of Goolwa members present the Goolwa SLSC with a $30,000 cheque for the fit out of the club's brand new first aid room, which is set to open along with the new facility on October 6, 2019.
30k fit out: Rotary Club of Goolwa members present the Goolwa SLSC with a $30,000 cheque for the fit out of the club's brand new first aid room, which is set to open along with the new facility on October 6, 2019.

The Rotary Club of Goolwa has donated $30,000 to fit out the new Goolwa Surf Lifesaving Club's medical room, ensuring it will be ready to go for any emergencies when the club reopens later this year.

Goolwa Rotary President Noeline Biermann said the group had carried out a determined, four year long fundraising campaign to achieve their $30,000 goal of funding the fit out.

"As soon as we knew the new SLSC was going to be built, all of us at the Rotary Club got together and decided that we would raise the money for the fit out of the first aid room," she said.

"Obviously a small club doesn't have $30,000 every year, so we raised it over a number of years through things like our trailer raffle and community donations.

"The community were very supportive and so willing to donate when they heard where the fundraising was going."

This latest donation marks an almost decade long relationship between the Rotary Club of Goolwa and the Goolwa SLSC.

Nine years ago, the Rotary Club bought the SLSC an IRB vessel named in honour of longtime Rotary member, the late Brian Hurrel.

They also worked alongside Lions to provide the club with a 4WD, among many other fundraisers which have contributed to a variety of causes, including the club's surf watch tower.

Goolwa SLSC President, David Reynolds said Rotary have been amazing long-time supporters of the Club.

"They've been fantastic and from day one, they've been on board and have donated a great deal of money," he said.

"As part of our first aid commitment to the community, the medical room facilities will be utilised not just by the surf club, but also by SA Ambulance as well being open for ongoing community first aid training.

"The club is so grateful for the help of Rotary which has been ongoing from a time even before Goolwa SLSC began to establish itself, they've been a backbone for the Club."

After presenting a cheque to the SLSC, Rotary members were treated to a sneak peek tour of the brand new, state-of-the-art Goolwa SLSC which is now nearing an October completion.

Sneak peek: Rotary members receiving a sneak peek at the Goolwa SLSC new facilities, set to open in October.

Sneak peek: Rotary members receiving a sneak peek at the Goolwa SLSC new facilities, set to open in October.

"It's so exciting," said Ms Biermann. "It really is a first class facility and it will be an enormous advantage for the Club and community.

"And it is so essential too, with the thousands of people who come down here over the school holidays and Christmas period."

Ms Biermann said it was great for the community to be able see exactly what their donations were supporting.

The official opening for the brand new state-of-the-art Goolwa SLSC is currently on track for the start of the season on October 6.