FOLLOWING on from Debbie Booth winning volunteer of the year at the recent Hunter 2019/2020 SLS Branch Awards of Excellence, Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Surf Life Saving Club (TGHN SLSC) took out the prestigious Community Education program of the year with their “Super Heroes” program.
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The SLS Club’s “Superhero’s” program was developed as a means to try and keep the Club’s Youth Group connected. The thought if the club could come up with functions where the Youth group could socialise it was hoped it would assist with forging friendships and retaining this age group as Patrolling Members to help keep our beach safe for locals and visitors.
What the Club got back from this program was far more widespread, rewarding and beneficial to members and the community than anyone had dared hope for. This program became a great way for the Youth of TGHN SLSC to connect and have purpose individually and as a team. The group was led by its younger members and it helped promote our youth within the club and the community.
The Clubs “Superheroes” helped with the SLSNSW mission of saving lives by donating much needed water to rural NSW in a time of drought and providing financial assistance to the local Rural Fire Service.
TGHN SLSC was able to showcase our great youth and what youth can achieve.
The Club’s Superheroes organised events that needed so much community support but also benefited the local community. The TGHN SLSC Youth Group facilitated an event that saw 3 separate Emergency Services come together (Surf Life Saving, Rural Fire Service & Fire & rescue), Nippers parents, local business and others to come together to raise $4117.00 that was donated directly to our local Rural Fire Service as well as 10 pallets of water being delivered to Merriwa Rotary for distribution to local farmers and residents.
The Club’s junior lifesavers were led by Ella Howarth and Cooper Higgins who did an amazing job and were responsible in leading the TGHN SLSC Youth Group to the success of the Superheroes program gaining the top excellence award in the Hunter Branch of SLS. The quality of the youth of our community was at show and excelled.