Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Surf Life Saving's; Club a Way to Forge Ties with Their Community

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Surf Life Saving's; Club a Way to Forge Ties with Their Community

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Byline: Sherele Moody Sherele.Moody@apn.com.au

BEING a part of Mackay's surf lifesaving community has been a triple treat for Rod Finney.

Mr Finney and his wife Trish joined the Mackay Surf Life Saving Club 12 years ago because they wanted their triplets - Alexander, Claudia and Jessica - to be involved in a healthy community activity.

Now the club captain, Mr Finney said he and his family have forged strong ties through their involvement.

"I would say it's fun and friendship," the 48-year-old school principal said of the best part of being a MSLSC member.

"The thing that lifesaving does is give you lifelong friends.

"Wherever you go, throughout Australia, you just mention that you're from a surf lifesaving club and you're welcomed with open arms."

Saving lives and preventing tragedies are vital roles for the MSLSC's 160-plus members.

Last year, Mr Finney and his lifesaving colleagues completed 769 preventative actions to keep swimmers safe and performed first aid 23 times. …

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