Board dons boardies in recognition of Capes lifesavers

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Margaret River-Busselton Tourism Association board members and Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Club president Keith Warrick (left) donned boardies last Friday.
Camera IconMargaret River-Busselton Tourism Association board members and Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving Club president Keith Warrick (left) donned boardies last Friday. Credit: Christian Bishop

Boardies dominated the boardroom last Friday when Margaret River-Busselton Tourism Association board members ditched their work attire for beachwear in support of Surf Life Saving clubs.

Boardies Day is a Statewide initiative encouraging people to swap their school or work uniforms for board shorts and donate to life saving clubs.

Smiths Beach Surf Life Saving president Keith Warrick said the event was still in its infancy but hoped it would become a major fundraising movement for WA.

“My ambition is to see the Margaret River region clubs — Busselton, Smiths and Margaret River — collaborate to make the event a strong one across the Capes,” he said.

“You would think that it would be an easy cause for local businesses, local government, schools and individuals to support given the ‘laid back’ nature of the event and the fact that we live the “down south” lifestyle.”

Participants — usually groups like businesses or schools — register online and nominate the club they want to donate to.

Money raised goes directly to the nominated club and helps maintain equipment and provide training and development opportunities for members.

MRBTA chairman Trent Bartlett said board members were proud to support the initiative.

“Our beaches are such a powerful drawcard for the region and our local surf life saving clubs, made up mostly of volunteers, are vital to keeping the region’s beaches safe and desirable for visitors,” he said.

“We’d like to encourage our members and the local community to get behind this fantastic initiative.”

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