The signature red and yellow patrol flags are iconic to the Kiwi summer and Surf Lifeguards are calling on the public to help keep them there.
The annual Surf Life Saving summer campaign begins today calls for people to back the red and yellow surf lifesaving flags this summer by making a donation to help keep volunteer lifeguards on patrol.
CEO Paul Dalton says the signature red and yellow patrol flags are a common sight on our beaches and most people expect to see lifeguards when they visit New Zealand's favourite playground. “But what if they weren’t there? he says.
This summer, volunteer lifeguards will spend over 200,000 hours keeping a watchful eye on over 80 beaches throughout the country. During an average summer, around 1,200 people are rescued from life threatening situations. Last year, that number was 1,328.
“Please show your appreciation for our volunteer lifeguards and make a donation during the summer so we can be there for you and your family when you need us."
Donations can be made by texting FLAGS to 849 to automatically donate $3 or click here to make an online donation.
For more information and safety tips, visit www.surflifesaving.org.nz.