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A collaborative approach to support and fundraising

The Lifesavers Foundation is an independent registered charity CC53628, established solely with the purpose of fundraising and harnessing community support for surf life saving clubs. The Foundation is independent of SLSNZ and its member clubs. A memorandum of understanding between the Foundation and SLSNZ enables joint work on agreed initiatives. A further agreement permits the Foundation to fundraise on behalf of Surf Life Saving Northern Region. The Foundation may at the trustees’ discretion and in accordance with the agreements in place with SLSNZ and SLSNR, fundraise generally for the benefit of all 74 clubs across NZ, or for groups of clubs, or for the needs of specific clubs.

Fundraising is more than just money

$650 for a lifeguard’s uniform, wetsuit, fins and personal protective equipment
$21,000 for an all-terrain vehicle (ATV)
$23,000 for an inflatable rescue boat (IRB)
$26,000 for a jet ski
$300 for advanced first aid training
$6,000 for a defibrillator and resuscitation pack
$1,100 for a hand-held radio
$125 for a rescue tube
$250 for a pair of binoculars

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Looking out for those who look out for the rest of us

New Zealand’s beaches are beautiful, but every year, far too many of us lose our lives in the water. All over the country, thousands of volunteers give their time to keep us safe. The Lifesavers Foundation partners with individuals, businesses, and organisations to financially support lifesaving clubs throughout New Zealand.

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It costs nearly $20 million per year to keep surf lifesaving afloat. Bigger clubs such as Mt Maunganui, Muriwai, and Piha require around $300,000 annually to operate.

Our mission at the Lifesavers Foundation is to connect communities and donors with the 74 surf lifesaving clubs across the country, ensuring your support goes directly to those keeping our community safe in 90 different locations all summer long.


Let the numbers do the talking

Surf life saving is regarded as New Zealand’s fourth emergency service – yet it doesn’t receive any funding from the Government. For surf lifeguards to continue saving lives, they need your help.

Volunteer surf lifesavers all over New Zealand do an incredible job at keeping our beaches safe, especially during the hot, summer months. But as with other essential emergency services, surf lifesaving needs funding.

The Lifesavers Foundation exists solely to engage all of New Zealand – individuals, businesses and entire communities – to contribute to the funding side of things so Kiwi lifeguards can stay in the water doing what they do best.


Lives Saved Each Year


Volunteer Hours Worked Every Year


Million Needed Annually


Of Costs Need Fundraising


Members Are Female


Days A Year Responding to incidents at selected NZ Beaches


Saving lives is more than just getting wet

Thousands of people are saved or prevented from getting in to trouble by Kiwi lifeguards every year. But while they might be the ones getting their hands dirty (or their feet wet), they couldn’t do it without your support. Find out how your generous donations ensure more people make it home at the end of a great day at the beach.


Active Life Guards


Surf Lifesaving Members


Clubs, 4 Regions, 1 National Body


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Surf life saving is regarded as New Zealand’s fourth emergency service – yet it doesn’t receive any funding from the Government. For surf lifeguards to continue saving lives, they need your help. Please make a contribution through a donation today.

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Become A Beach Guardian

To recognise and reward our most generous and regular donors, we’re proud to introduce a new program called Beach Guardians.

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Thanks to you, they can keep saving lives

Combined, New Zealand’s lifeguards volunteer 230,000 hours every year to keep our beaches safe. Thanks to our major partners, they can continue doing what they do best. Keen to support this essential emergency service too? Please donate generously today – and you, too, could save a life.

What can my donation provide

$115 One TIme

purchases a rescue tube, the lifeguard’s main tool on patrol

$250 One TIme

funds a pair of marine-grade binoculars

$300 One TIme

funds the cost of training a lifeguard over 2 days in advanced first aid

$350 One TIme

equips a lifeguard with PPE (personal protective equipment)

$500 One TIme

funds the daily operating cost of providing a fully equipped beach patrol

Where does my money go?

Your donation goes towards things like everyday operating expenses, rescue equipment maintenance and upgrades, volunteer training, club room upgrades … basically anything lifesaving-related that needs money, your donation helps to fund.

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Contact Details

The Lifesavers Foundation
Suite 12, 72 Dominion Rd
Mt Eden 1034
PO Box 5191
Wellesley St Post Office
Auckland 1141