The 3rd annual Valuing Volunteers Evening was held at the end of May to celebrate and recognise our members’ volunteer contributions to lifesaving – from a range of roles within our life saving clubs.
Crossing the stage on the night were those who proudly spent more than 100 patrol hours on duty for their clubs over the busy 2017-18 season, as well as James Quine (St Kilda LSC), who was awarded the five-year M&LD Leaders Service award.
“Everyone looked very proud to be receiving recognition for their service to lifesaving,” says Nicholas Foon, LSV Volunteer Services Officer, who has been integral in running the event over the past three years. “The Valuing Volunteers Evening was relaxed, fun and great social networking for members with the other clubs.”
Hosted upstairs at LSV’s Port Melbourne headquarters during National Volunteer Week – which had the theme ‘Give a Little, Change a Lot’ – the evening was a way to thank those at the grassroots of the lifesaving community.
LSV President Tom Mollenkopf acknowledged the valuable contributions of volunteer members behind-the-scenes and reminded the audience of the value lifesaving clubs and services have for local communities, as well as for ensuring Victorians and visitors are safe at the beach.
In the 2017-18 patrol season, LSV’s volunteer lifesavers performed 374 rescues, 56,000 preventive actions, attended 1126 first-aid incidents and helped almost 2 million visitors to our beaches stay safe.
“We know our volunteers’ contributions don’t end when they clock off from the pool or the beach,” said Tom. “Their lifesaving skills come into play any time of the day or night, and I’ve recently heard of numerous acts of courage and selflessness of our volunteers who have undertaken rescues or aided people in life threatening situations while off-duty.”
Sonya Kilkenny MP, Member for Carrum, also attended the event and talked to the crowd of the admiration Victorians have for the lifesaving community.
“Thank you to LSV’s 34,000 volunteers across Victoria who selflessly give up their time to make their communities a better place for everyone,” said Sonya. “Whether it’s on the beach, in the water or in the skies, Victoria’s lifesavers do a magnificent job patrolling our beaches to help keep communities safe each summer.”
As the saying goes: Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. Well done to all our priceless volunteers!
QUEENS BIRTHDAY HONOUR FOR A SPECIAL VOLUNTEER
Valuing volunteers took a royal turn this week when the late Geoffrey Waters became Geoffrey Waters OAM. His admittance to the Order of Australia recognises Geoff’s service to surf lifesaving over a period of some 50 years. Sincere congratulations are extended to all the members of Geoff’s family.