The rugged beaches of Auckland’s West coast (Piha, Muriwai and others) are well known as challenging for swimmers and surfers - big waves, rips and holes appearing out of nowhere and strong wind. Piha beach is also known for the reality TV show - “Piha Rescue” and the lifesaving work of its lifeguards.
Now Remuera Lions has come to the rescue of the Piha Surf Lifesaving Club - providing $90,000 of brand new equipment - two Rhino 4wd quad bikes and one inflatable rescue craft and motor.
“It takes almost $500,000 every year just to run the club and provide the services. Receiving this brand-new equipment takes a huge load off our shoulders this year and lets us get on with focusing on saving lives. THANK YOU to Remuera Lions Club - fantastic!” said Piha SLSC President Peter Brown.
Maintenance and replacement of the lifesaving equipment is a constant battle for Piha SLSC. Salt, sand and the harsh environment means the equipment deteriorates quickly. In addition, new safety regulations meant the need to update the older quad bikes to Rhino’s which are wider, more stable & can carry stretchers in emergencies. With each IRB (inflatable rescue boat) worth $16,000 and the specialist motor costing $6,500 - the sums soon add up!
On 26th October 2013, Piha SLSC hosted Remuera Lions for the official hand-over of the new equipment. A fun afternoon - thanks Piha SLSC - for your hospitality & for your lifesaving work!