The new face of Australia's lifeguards: rescue club in the middle of a national park struggling for volunteers – so they went to a community more than 50 km from the ocean for help
- Garie Surf Lifesaving Club members went to Auburn to recruit new volunteers
- The club has only 25 rescuers but hopes to recruit more as the summer approaches
- New Western Sydney recruits receive training at the Auburn Aquatic Center
Rescuers who want to bring their Sydney club back to life have attracted potential volunteers who live 50 km from their own home.
Members of Garie Surf Lifesaving Club, in the NSW Royal National Park, have gone through the streets of Auburn in western Sydney to recruit new volunteers, 9News reported.
The club currently has only 25 rescuers to patrol Garie Beach in the summer, making this new approach a necessity.
Pictured: Garie Surf Lifesaving Club members of the NSW Royal National Park entered the streets of Auburn, west of Sydney, to recruit new volunteers
New recruits are being sought in the western suburbs of Sydney, 50 km from the beach, and the locals are eager to help
& # 39; We must have contact with the community in the west of Sydney. They use our beach. They are our community and they are welcome, & # 39; said Rebecca Heron-Dowling.
Ms. Dowling feared that the small number of volunteers means that the club will not be able to respond and help the public.
This is not far-fetched fear, as the club's lifeguards can also be expected to help at nearby Watamolla beach and the swimming pools of Figure 8.
The new recruits from West Sydney are trained at the Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Center.
Hend Elhami is a new recruit from West Sydney and has already started training in the public swimming pool.
Yursa Metwally said the recruitment campaign was a great initiative to get more beach visitors involved in their community – even if it wasn't local.
& # 39; We're all going to our nearest beaches, so why not have the chance to be part of the yellow and red uniform and serve the community, & # 39; she said.
Voluntary work duties are not limited to being in the water, with roles such as first aid officers and duties including radio and surveillance operations also available.
Lifesavers from the Garie Surf Lifesaving Club are also expected to help at the nearby Watamolla beach and the Figure 8 swimming pools (photo)
The recruits from West Sydney will complete part of their training at the Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Center (photo)
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