Ageing surf clubs look for new helping hands

Hunter Surf Lifesaving chief executive Rhonda Scruton. FADED: Cooks Hill surf club is one of many needing care.
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A MAJOR facelift for six Newcastle surf clubs is gaining momentum.

Organisers are seeking hundreds of volunteers to lend a hand on weekends next month to restore Stockton, Nobbys, Cooks Hill, Newcastle, Merewether and Dixon Park surf clubs.

The Newcastle Herald has reported CityServe, an organisation representing churches throughout the Hunter Region, is co-ordinating the volunteers for the surf club project.

Newcastle City Council staff have also helped with the work and lord mayor Jeff McCloy has lent his support by donating a quarter of his annual salary.

CityServe’s Pastor Rick Prosser said recruitment was well under way.

He said there were some specific skills gaps to fill, including tilers for parts of the Nobbys and Stockton surf club refurbishments, but all volunteers were welcome.

“We are after some trade-based help [but] most of the other work is painting so anyone can be involved,” Mr Prosser said.

Hunter Surf Lifesaving chief executive Rhonda Scruton said the generosity of Hunter businesses, CityServe and the commitment from the council were a major boost to the region’s lifesavers.

Ms Scruton said the new-look clubs would add to the Hunter branch’s recognition as Surf Life Saving NSW branch of the year and most significant contributor to water safety.

Ms Scruton said the volunteers’ efforts would mean a lot to lifesavers using ageing clubs.

“The [facilities] were built for men 60 years ago,” Ms Scruton said.

To volunteer, visit cityserve杭州夜生活m.au

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