Most Kiwis live within driving distance of the coast.
So it’s no wonder that going to the beach is one of our favourite things to do.
For visitors to New Zealand, the beach is a pretty popular tourist destination too. Many people who visit Aotearoa don’t have the same access to the beach as we do. Some of these people have never been swimming in the ocean before; some have never even seen the ocean before.
All of these beach-goers are everyday people: people with families, jobs, plans and futures. But too many locals and tourists alike lose their lives to the waves every year. And many of these deaths could have been prevented.
We look out for those who look out for the rest of us
Put simply, the Lifesavers Foundation looks out for those who look out for the rest of us. Thanks to generous donations, community fundraising, business partnerships, corporate sponsorships and philanthropic grants from individuals and organisations, we’re able to help give local surf lifesaving clubs at the ‘beach roots’ level the funding they need to continue saving lives every day. Our funding efforts will go towards everything from maintaining and replacing rescue gear and ensuring every volunteer remains fully trained, to increasing community awareness and funding important water safety research.
New Zealand’s surf lifesaving could always do with more financial support. If you’re in a position to contribute financially to the ongoing safety of our beaches, please donate today – you’ll literally save a life.
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.
What can my donation provide
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.