Anonymous donor helps Yamba SLSC rebuild stocks after fire
YAMBA'S beaches are a little bit safer thanks to an anonymous donor.
The Surf Life Saving Foundation presented Yamba Surf Lifesaving Club with two rescue boards and four digital radios on behalf of the donor.
A timely present just in time for summer, club officials estimate the total value of the rescue goods as high as $7000.
"It's a fantastic support," Yamba SLSC financial director Mike Harvey said.
"Especially after the fire and being in the process of rebuilding our stocks.
"So that's priceless stuff, a terrific boost."
The donor has in fact benefited all surf clubs in the Far North Coast Branch for the past four years.
Harvey said the boards and radios went right to the heart of what surf clubs mean to the community.
"Rescue boards and radios are very important elements," he said.
"The radios are important to co-ordinate rescues when using the rubberduckies, especially if there's a rescue out at the bar, for example.
"Those boards are the ones that sit on the beach specifically to be used by lifeguards for rescues.
"Our patrols and keeping the beach safe is the heart and soul of what we do."
The Yamba club proudly boasts an impeccable record throughout its 105-year history.
Community support like this helps the club maintain its high standards into the future.
"We do stocktake before every season to ensure we have sufficient equiment," Harvey said.
"These donations each year add to our armoury."
Yamba currently has more than 100 patrolling members, according to Harvey, largely thanks to the massive training program coordinated by training director Kim Morgan.