We can all be supporters of life savers
In the heat of summer, tens of thousands flock to New Zealand’s beaches. Every year, hundreds will find themselves in trouble, and on average 20 people will tragically drown at beaches The good news is that thousands more are rescued and kept from trouble by the selfless volunteer lifeguards who patrol our beaches.
Surf lifesavers are the ones on the front line. They are the ones reaching over the side of the rescue boat to pull a struggling swimmer to safety. Resuscitating an unconscious drowning victim. Giving up their time and energy to keep us safe.
We can’t do what they do, but we can give our support.
It costs more than $20 million to make sure New Zealand’s volunteer lifeguards have the gear, buildings and experience they need to keep our beaches safe – and most of this needs to be fundraised. The Lifesavers Foundation partners with New Zealanders, local businesses and other community-oriented organisations to financially support surf clubs and lifeguards who generously donate their time and money to keep our beaches – and our people – safe.
Thanks to organisations and individuals like you, we can provide surf lifesaving clubs from the top of the North to the tip of the South with the financial resources, business backing and public support they need to save lives, every day.
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
Every year it costs more than $20 million to make sure New Zealand’s volunteer lifeguards have the gear, buildings and experience they need to keep our beaches safe
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.