Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Clubs have teamed up for the mass show of support of the local women and girls who give up their time to make our beaches safer.
“The aim of this patrol is to encourage and celebrate the female patrolling members of the Point Lonsdale and Ocean Grove SLSC’s and to promote female leadership within in these clubs and the Surf Life Saving community,” said PLSLSC Captain Jo Burch.
“Surf Life Saving is the largest volunteer organisation of its kind in Australia and has a proud history that resonates with the entire nation. However it was not until 1980 when females became eligible to be active patrolling members and not until last year that Surf Life Saving Australia’s first female CEO was elected- Melissa King.
“A gender gap does still exist surf life saving and women’s sport. The aim of this patrol is to close this gap and encourage females to get involved,” said Ms Burch.
All active patrolling members of both clubs are invited to attend. Upwards of 50 females, aged from 13 to 60, have already thrown their support behind the initiative.
Patrol hours will be 10.30am-6pm. Participants will enjoy a high tea and will be given a limited edition Pink Zinc T-shirt.