TO THE RESCUE: Minnie Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Club committee member Paul Vaessen, left, president Peter Grainger, Gail Ben
TO THE RESCUE: Minnie Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Club committee member Paul Vaessen, left, president Peter Grainger, Gail Ben

Clarence to the rescue of club

By SALLY GORDON

sally.gordon@dailyexaminer.com.au

IN just under six months the Minnie WaterWooli Surf Life Saving Club has raised almost $23,500 ? enough to buy a state-of-the-art surfboat.

It's a tremendous effort for the fledgling surf club, which in January suffered a devastating blow when its only competition-level surfboat was written-off after a collision.

Surf boat captain Tony Benfield said the Clarence Valley had dug deep to help the club, with local businesses and people stepping forward with money.

If all pledges were honoured, the club was well on its way to meeting the cost.

Clarence MP Steve Cansdell helped by getting money from the State Government for a boat.

"It's been coming in gradually over the past few months but what really tipped us over the line was a $5000 donation from the ANZ Bank," Mr Benfield said.

Wearing wide smiles, surf club members yesterday collected the funds from the ANZ branch in Grafton.

The club has placed an order for an eight-me- tre long surfboat and expect to have it in the water by next month.

"We're going to have a boat with the latest technology in so far as design," Mr Benfield said.



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