Woodside Energy will this week begin distributing patrol hats, sunscreen and sun safety posters to all 307 surf life saving clubs around Australia in preparation for summer.
As the official sun protection partner of Surf Life Saving (SLS), Woodside are focused on ensuring that volunteer surf lifesavers are protected from the harsh Australian sun when on patrol at the beach.
This initiative is part of a multi-year partnership between Woodside and SLS that will eventually see every patrolling surf lifesaver in Australia provided with a wide-brimmed hat.
Woodside and SLS are also encouraging all volunteer surf lifesavers to follow the basic sun safety steps of slip, slop, slap, seek shade, slide on sunglasses and to get regular skin checkups.
SLSA CEO, Brett Williamson OAM, praised Woodside’s commitment to sun protection and emphasised the importance of sun safety on the beach this summer.
“Surf Life Saving is delighted to partner with Woodside to ensure that our volunteer surf lifesavers are protected from the sun. Our volunteers spend a lot of time in the sun protecting our beaches, so it’s essential they protect themselves properly.
“With over 43,000 patrolling surf lifesavers throughout Australia, Woodside’s commitment is extremely generous and we look forward to seeing all our patrolling surf lifesavers on the beach this summer keeping sun safe,” said Williamson.
Woodside CEO and Managing Director Don Voelte said sun protection was important for SLS volunteers as much as it was to Woodside employees.
“Health and safety is our number one priority at Woodside, and protection from the sun is as important to our people as any other safety issue. We’re pleased to be doing our bit to protect the people who generously volunteer their time to safeguard the lives of so many others,” Voelte said.
Surf Life Saving has over 153,000 members with more than 43,000 members actively patrolling our beaches. Each year surf lifesavers and lifeguards perform more than 12,000 rescues while patrolling over 400 beaches nationwide.