Sarina Surf Life Saving Club receives funding to rebuild

The Sarina Surf Life Saving Club has become the latest recipient of RACQ Foundation funding, to help repair damage caused by Cyclone Debbie.

The central Queensland town was hit hard when the storm smashed the coast in March, damaging homes, roads and the Sarina Clubhouse.

Sarina Surf Life Saving Club Secretary Jeanne Ronald said their members rallied together to clean large amounts of debris which surrounded the Club, and assess initial damage.

“We had a lot of water damage to the top two floors of the building, as well as the roof, external beams, back kitchen door, air-conditioning units and windows,” Ms Ronald said.

“These particular items weren’t covered by insurance, so the club had to source funding for repairs.”

RACQ Foundation provided funding of more than $10,000 for the Club to undertake repairs to rusted beams and doorjambs and to replace the kitchen door.

Ms Ronald said the funding had lifted a weight off the shoulders of the Club’s volunteers.

“This funding was extremely important to our Club. Knowing the repairs could be finished and the Clubhouse returned to its former state was an enormous boost for morale and has definitely contributed toward member retention and continuation of our services,” she said.

RACQ Foundation’s Darryn Hammond said it was important community organisations like Sarina Surf Life Saving Club were back up and running at their full potential.

“This Club provides a life-saving service for locals and tourists, as well as acting as a central meeting point for the community to come together,” Mr Hammond said.

“RACQ Foundation is honoured to help organisations like the Sarina Surf Life Saving Club, and would encourage any community group still hurting as a result of Tropical Cyclone Debbie to apply for funding.”

RACQ Foundation has given more than $7.4 million to community groups across Queensland since its inception in 2011.