The second annual LSV Valuing Volunteers Evening was held at Lifeguards@200 on Friday 12 May, celebrating the valuable contribution of 32,500 lifesaving volunteers across the state.
Held during National Volunteer Week, the presentation evening recognised members who achieved 100+ patrolling hours during the 2016/17 lifesaving season, as well as the long-serving contributions across membership and leadership development, aquatic sports, lifesaving operations, training and archives.
Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino launched the event, with his opening speech acknowledging the tireless work of lifesaving volunteers both on the beach and behind the scenes.
Dozens of lifesavers crossed the stage to receive their Bronze, Silver and Gold patrol recognition, with Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley was also in attendance, presenting the Bronze, Silver and Gold patrol recognition awards, including the award for highest number of patrol hours to young lifesaver Ben Stringer from Sorrento SLSC.
LSV Director of Lifesaving Services Darren McLeod said the evening was a huge success, with guest numbers doubling from last year’s event.
“We were pleased to have so many volunteers and their families and supporters attend the evening, not only o accept their own awards but also to acknowledging the achievements of their peers and fellow members,” Mr McLeod said.
“With so many essential volunteer roles within our lifesaving clubs, the Valuing Volunteers Evening gives LSV an opportunity to highlight those who have gone above and beyond their duty as patrolling members.
“National Volunteer Week is the perfect occasion to acknowledge the hard work and passion demonstrated by our dedicated volunteers over the year and we look forward to another successful lifesaving season in 2017/18.”
View photos from the Valuing Volunteers Evening on the LSV Facebook page