Surf Life Saving WA chief executive Paul Andrew said there was a perception surf lifesaving was fully funded by the government or did not need support because it was a volunteer-run organisation.
‘While we do receive some funds from the government and corporate sectors, there are many other costs that need to be covered to ensure WA beaches remain safe, including the purchase of vital lifesaving equipment and first aid supplies,’ he said.
More than 1000 lifesaving volunteers will shake tins in the appeal.
‘We are asking West Australians to dig deep and support the volunteer surf lifesavers who give up thousands of hours each summer to keep our beaches safe,’ Mr Andrew said.
The street appeal is aiming to beat last year’s total of $72,000.