THE Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club is pushing ahead with its fundraising for a new clubhouse.
After the State Government announced it would provide $1.5million in funding to the club in April 2016, the club has continued to raise funds to replace the debilitated clubrooms.
Cape Paterson SLSC building project co-ordinator Kate McLaughlin said the fundraising has been a joint effort.
“We rattled tins around Wonthaggi, Cape Paterson and at the Inverloch market,” she said.
“We’ve been having various donations from members and we’re still liaising with the local, state and federal government.
“The State Government committed $1.5million in seed funding for the building and we’ve raised $500,000 ourselves, but building costs are estimated to be $3.4million. We’ve still got a substantial gap so we need three levels of government to help us raise that money.
“Everyone in the local community has been fantastic and all our members continue to be fantastic. We really want to thank everyone.”
While the club’s been busy fundraising during the summer, there’s been plenty of action on the beach as well.
A record number of 192 nippers have participated in this year’s program, compared to 148 participants last year.
Kate said the club has over 500 members this year compared to 430 members last year.
“We’re growing a vibrant club, especially with the increase of nippers,” she said.
“The bronze camp had record numbers, with 48 new bronze medallions presented.
“We’re training lifesavers for the future as well to make sure we keep the beach safe for the public.”
The club hosted a couple of family nights last week and continue to find ways to raise more money.
If anyone would like to contribute to the fundraising drive, please call Kate on 0418 131 202 or email buildingfund@cpslsc.org.au