Responding to calls for help is what the Southport Volunteer Coast Guard does every day, but they were the ones receiving a hand up, after the local Freemasons came to their rescue.
Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, on behalf of Broadwater Surfers Paradise Lodge, has granted $10k to the Southport Volunteer Coast Guard.
As one of 12 community initiatives across Queensland, to share in over $110k as part of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Grassroots Community Grants round, Southport Volunteer Coast Guard will allocate the funds towards the purchase of a new motor for its 4100 Noosa Cat rescue vessel known as Coast Guard 2. It’s the only vessel large enough to carry out the evacuation of injured mariners on the Coast.
Broadwater Surfers Paradise Lodge representative Neil Orr said while the initiative is expected to cost $142k in total, it was a pleasure to secure the grant.
“The engines in use are a decade old and have done around 4,100 hours each, so it’s time they were replaced,” Neil said.
“The $10k in funding will contribute to making this vital service sustainable, ensuring our waterways remain safe – all the way from Jumpinin to Tweed Heads and 20 km out to sea,” he said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said providing sustainable support that delivers positive outcomes for other charities was its focus.
“For 50 years the Southport Coast Guard has been there for people in their time of need out on the water – contributing some 30,000-man hours each year,” Gary said.
“Giving a hand up to those that encounter misfortune aligns with our values which is why we were keen to support this initiative,” he said.
“By working closely with Broadwater Surfers Paradise Lodge, who identified this worthy cause, we have collectively maximised their charitable footprint in the community,” he said.
Photo: Members of Broadwater Surfers Paradise Lodge hand over a cheque for $10k to the Southport Volunteer Coast Guard – one of the recipients of Hand Heart Pocket’s 2018 Grassroots Community Grants.