Avoca State School students Tayla Whalley, Liam Laine, Hannah Sewell (front) Maddie Appleton and Gaby Snow (middle) Kendal Praed, Matthew Crane, Mitchell Kiss, Darcy Milligan, Adra Aditya and Teah Seaward (back) take part in Boardies Day and help raise funds for Surf Life Saving.
Avoca State School students Tayla Whalley, Liam Laine, Hannah Sewell (front) Maddie Appleton and Gaby Snow (middle) Kendal Praed, Matthew Crane, Mitchell Kiss, Darcy Milligan, Adra Aditya and Teah Seaward (back) take part in Boardies Day and help raise funds for Surf Life Saving. MAX FLEET

Boarding a life saving campaign

BUNDABERG may be mistaken for the beach today as hundreds of Surf Life Saving supporters don their surf-wear to participate in Boardies Day.

Avoca State School is just one organisation participating, with kids wearing their boardshorts in exchange for a gold coin donation to support safer beaches.

Year 6 student Tayla Whalley has participated in the fundraiser for the past five years.

“I have participated in Boardies Day since the start of my schooling career,” she said.

“I like to join in because it is for a very good cause.”

At 11 years old, Tayla is aware of the importance of supporting surf lifesavers.

“They save our lives so we would like to give a little something back,” she said.

Administration officer Lynda Cremer said the fundraiser was not only fun for kids, but also taught them an important lesson.

“It really teaches the kids the importance of supporting volunteer organisations like Surf Life Saving Queensland, which is essential to beach-side communities like Bundaberg,” she said.

The school hopes to raise about $300 for the cause.

Other participants in Boardies Day include local branches of Westpac and the NewsMail team.

To make a donation, visit http://www.everydayhero.com.au/bundaberg_newsmail.

Boardies Day
  • Boardies Day is an annual event held by Surf Life Saving Queensland.
  • All money raised will fund the work of volunteer lifesavers around Australia, ensuring our beaches remain the safest in the world.


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