National Volunteer Week, a letter from the SLSA President, Graham Ford AM.
On behalf of the Surf Life Saving family I would like to send a special thanks to all our 169,633 volunteer members this National Volunteer Week.
We are part of the largest volunteer organisation of its kind in the world, and our members have a unique passion and responsibility for keeping Australian’s and international visitor’s safe on our coast.
Australia has over 12,000 beaches dispersed along 36,000 km of coastline and each year Australian beaches receive an estimated 100 million visitations.
These are the people that our volunteers help keep safe during their annual 1,300,000 volunteer patrol hours.
Our volunteers in the best sense of the word are lifesavers and every day heroes.
Because of these volunteers 12,690 people were rescued during the last patrol season. That’s 35 people every day.
Our volunteers also conducted, 42,424 first aid treatments, 1,255,090 preventative actions and are constantly helping educate the public on water safety through formal and informal avenues.
According to Volunteering Australia ‘Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer.’
‘96% of volunteers say that volunteering makes people happier,’ and note that ‘sustained volunteering is associated with better mental health.’
On top of this ‘volunteering builds collective efficacy by bestowing a sense of altruism and citizenship; inspiring people to work together to solve problems and take action to improve community life.’
If you want to join our growing movement and help us to reach our goal of zero preventable drowning’s on Australia’s coast, visit our participation pathways app today.