News: HAWA Goes Surfing

The Hardware Association of Western Australia (HAWA) has come on board to partner a major community fundraising event for essential surf rescue equipment – the DIY4 Surf Life Saving Community Beach Walk at Scarborough beach.

Caption: Getting ready for the Community Beach Walk, L-R: Gabby Collins (Bunnings, Balcatta), Glen Jakovich (former West Coast Eagles star), Emma Wynne (surf lifesaver) and James Winrow (Bunnings, Welshpool)AHJNews02Nov05

“This event offers something for everyone – sun, surf, sand, light exercise, entertainment and prizes, all the while supporting the unsung heroes of the beach,” said Paul Andrew, CEO, Surf Life Saving Western Australia. The DIY4 Surf Life Saving Community Beach Walk is a leisurely 5km walk in the Sand, starting and finishing at Scarborough Beach. The walk commences at 10am, November 27, and entry is by donation. HAWA members such as Bunnings, Mitre 10, Sontax, Dulux and ITW Proline have been encouraging their employees to participate in the event as well as running in-store fundraising activities leading up to the November walk. HAWA has raised $145,000 through sponsorship for the event and hopes to raise a total of more than $250,000. Former West Coast Eagle, Glen Jakovich, is the official ambassador of the DIY4 Surf Life Saving Community Beach Walk and has been encouraging locals to get active and help WA’s volunteer surf lifesavers. “It’s so easy to help save lives. Just surf the net for www.diy4surfwalk.com.au and register your participation,” said Glen.

A non-profit association, SLSWA continually faces the challenge of funding vital emergency rescue equipment to support Western Australia’s volunteer surf lifesavers who rescue many hundreds of swimmers each summer.

“Surf lifesavers are passionate about keeping WA beaches safe and saving lives. As a volunteer organization we need our community’s help to address the increasing costs of emergency rescue equipment and ensure that all preventable drownings are just that – prevented,” Paul Andrew said.

“Surf lifesavers provide a free community service in Western Australia, yet operational costs add up to a staggering $7.4 million each year.”