Community grant boosts Surf Life Saving Club

Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club president John Heesters with Jo Morey-Prior, Mark Elt and Bev Heesters.
Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club president John Heesters with Jo Morey-Prior, Mark Elt and Bev Heesters.

YANCHEP Surf Life Saving Club will invest in more resources after receiving a community grant.

It received $4820 for an oxygen resuscitator, fridge and tool kit through Yanchep Golf Estate’s community partnership program.

Club president John Heesters said grants were important to the club and helped it provide lifesaving services to the community.

“We’re a small, not-for-profit club made up completely of volunteers, and that makes us different from other clubs who have a strong member base that provides a lot of their income,” he said.

“We fundraise for all our equipment and donations from companies really help.”

The club patrols about 1km of beach from Yanchep Lagoon to Capricorn Beach and, with more people moving to the area and going to the beach, access to lifesaving equipment is critical.

“The resuscitator kit is the number one difference between life and death, and is the first thing we grab in the event of an emergency,” Mr Heester said. “We use if for everything from asthma and heart attacks, to marine incidents.

“Even when a person’s heart stops, they survive for many more minutes when they’re on oxygen.

“We also have trailers, vehicles, boats and a clubhouse to maintain; having the right tools means our people can spend more time patrolling instead of trying to fix things with the wrong tools.”

He said the fridge was also a valuable piece of equipment.

“We always need to have ice, some food and drinks available – ice is particularly useful in the treatment of marine stinger injuries.”

Over the past couple of years, the community partnership program has provided funds to a variety of community projects, including local primary and high schools, tutoring services and a cancer support group.

The next round of applications are open, and groups in the Yanchep and Two Rocks area can download application forms at www.yanchepgolfestate.com.au.

To join Yanchep Surf Life Saving Club’s patrols or nippers program, call 0407 196 083, email yanchepsurflifesaving@gmail.com or visit the club’s Facebook page.