Surf Life Saving is aiming to raise over $1 million to help keep Australian beaches and waterways safe with its major fundraiser of the year ‘Boardies Day’. 2013 sees Boardies Day also include Bosses in Boardies, where bosses and CEOs are encouraged to get involved and trade in their suit and tie for one day of beach attire or board shorts.
Friday February 22nd will see the culmination of Boardies Day fundraising, and hopefully see the figure click over $1 million. Registrations are open so that you can start collecting funds now and enjoy Boardies Day in the relaxing manner you will be dressed for.
Boardies Day is an annual fundraiser that encourages board shorts of every description in schools and workplaces across the state. Surf Life Saving clubs across South Australia will be counting on people from all over schools, offices and communities to get involved in this fun fundraiser to help make it the biggest Boardies Day campaign to date.
$1 million seems like a lot of cash to you and I but when you consider that surf lifesavers volunteered more than one million hours of their own time last year alone to keep Australian beaches safe, that’s only $1 an hour for those that served us – doesn’t seem like nearly as much now, does it?
Surf Lifesavers are expected to be on the beaches making our environment safe and many don’t realise the cost involved in keeping volunteers on the beach and their equipment and training up to date. 2,927 rescues last year used a $120 rescue tube so it is definitely a case of every dollar raised counts.
Bosses in Boardies is aimed at encouraging the corporate sector to get involved and the annual fundraiser will also include competitions to encourage community involvement.
There are many ways to maximise the opportunities for fundraising afforded by Boardies Day. You can plan celebrations – BBQs, pool parties, picnics, street parties; and for office celebrations there’s beach themed office parties or lunches. Trade casual Friday for a Boardies day.
Schools are encouraged to join the festivities with competitions challenging classes to raise the most money. Prizes can be won by schools from the website; the ultimate prize being a visit from Surf Life Saving’s Westpac Helicopter.
To register for Boardies Day, and for more information head over to www.boardiesday.com.au