Angus, Maddison and Caitlin O’Mahony, Jorden Elabbasi, Patrick O’Mahony, Yasmin Elabassi and Malik Elabassi from the Yamba surf club get a donation from a happy customer.
Angus, Maddison and Caitlin O’Mahony, Jorden Elabbasi, Patrick O’Mahony, Yasmin Elabassi and Malik Elabassi from the Yamba surf club get a donation from a happy customer.

Surf club in force for appeal

THIS year there’s no excuse for not digging deep when the clubbies drop by during the annual doorknock collection – the financial crisis is history but the wild ocean still remains.

On just one weekend a year, the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club asks the community for a helping hand.

For the rest of the weekends, that span the long swim season here on the North Coast, it’s the clubbies that are giving their help – and you don’t even have to ask.

Yamba surf club receives no government funding support and relies on fund-raising, sponsors, donors, friends and family to carry out its essential and committed community service.

“It’s a critical voluntary service and it’s a great education and training for kids, teaching them to give back to the community,” surf club treasurer Mike Harvey said.

The club is in its 101st voluntary beach patrol year and boasts a proud record of no fatalities on Main Beach during patrol hours since establishment in 1909.

This season the club has spent $70,000 on major renovations to the clubhouse and is in the process of raising another $30,000-plus to fund the purchase of a new surf boat.

Expect nippers with parents, patrol team, boaties and members in club uniforms tomorrow 4.30-6pm and Sunday 9am-noon and 4-6pm.

Donations can be left at the Main Beach clubhouse on Sunday morning and on Australia Day from 10am to 3pm, or at Elders Real Estate, 21 Coldstream Street, Yamba.

‘It’s a critical voluntary service and it’s a great education and training for kids.’



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