Westpac staff, Jason Maw, Yvette Simpson, Kelly Braddock, Gary Persal, Terrie McNamee, Jodie Rogers and Diane Foley take part in National Boardies Day.
Westpac staff, Jason Maw, Yvette Simpson, Kelly Braddock, Gary Persal, Terrie McNamee, Jodie Rogers and Diane Foley take part in National Boardies Day. Rob Barich

Businesses bring the beach to work

A LITTLE bit of beach made its way to the Bundaberg CBD on Friday to help celebrate Surf Life Saving fundraiser Boardies Day.

Staff at Westpac on Bourbong Street got into the spirit, dressing in lifesaving shirts on loan from the Elliott Heads Surf Life Saving Club.

Westpac Bundaberg manager Gary Persal said: “The staff have contributed about $80 and we have about $300, so we are aiming for about $500 all up.”

Mr Persal said Westpac would match the amount the staff raised dollar for dollar.

“Bundaberg, Elliott Heads and Moore Park Surf Life Saving Clubs are a large part of our local community, so we really wanted to support them and help fundraise for much needed equipment,” Mr Persal said.

To help customers get in the spirit of giving, staff had decorated the bank with beach balls, flags and posters.

Boardies Day raises funds for surf life saving clubs around the country and is a part of Surf Safe Week.

“It’s massive. It is probably one of our biggest events for the year in terms of fundraising,” Craig Holden, Surf Life Saving Queensland Wide Bay Capricorn regional manager, said.

Mr Holden said the funds raised would go toward the everyday running of the clubs for purchase and maintenance of equipment.

To celebrate the day, St John’s Community Kindergarten had a visit from Mr Holden, who spoke about how life savers helped people in trouble at the beach.

The children’s boardshorts came in handy, with a number of games involving the sprinkler to help cool off.

The NewsMail also got in on the action, raising more than $150 for local surf life saving clubs.

Also donning the boardies on Friday were Bundaberg Special School, Avoca State School, the Good Guys and Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club.



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