Lions throw service lifeline
Money has come through to pay for a regional lifeguard programme, but long-term backing for the service remains uncertain.
The bank account of cash-strapped Palmerston North Surf Lifesaving Club is looking a little healthier thanks to a $5000 donation from Rongotea Lions.
This is the second donation from a Lions club in recent weeks after Palmerston North Fitzherbert Lions Club handed over a matching cheque earlier this month.
Palmerston North Surf Lifesaving Club president Dr Alec Mackay said the donation would help pay for the regional lifeguard service during summer at Himatangi Beach.
The paid service runs for six weeks from mid-December to the end of January. That is extra to the volunteer lifeguard service the club provides each weekend from December to the end of March each year.
"The Rongotea Lions' donation will address a shortfall in the funding for the regional guard programme," Dr Mackay said.
"The club has $10,000 from the Manawatu District Council and the service costs $20,000 to deliver each summer." Dr Mackay said the club was trying to develop a long-term solution to funding.
"We are humbled by the level of support we receive from other organisations and the community. The Rongotea Lions have been a great supporter of the club over the years."
The Palmerston North surf lifesavers patrol Himatangi Beach during the summer months. In the past two years at Himatangi, the team has rescued 18 people, performed 441 "preventive services" and supplied first aid to 13 beachgoers.
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