Sea safety @ Community Corner

Townsville’s Volunteer Coast Guard will be out in force on Monday night as the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys do battle against the Storm at 1300SMILES Stadium.

Cowboys Community Corner will be hosting the Townsville chapter of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard as part of the lead up to their Sea Safe Sunday event – 19 April, Coast Guard car park, Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville.

Coast Guard volunteers will be at the game in force to publicise the Sea Safe Sunday event and explain to boating fans at the game how they can get on board.

“We are a completely volunteer-based organisation and are 90 per cent self-funded,” public relations officer Ted Winterbottom said. 

“It costs us some $180,000 a year to operate our two vessels, the Rotary Rescue and the Aurora Xstrata, and opportunities like Cowboys Community Corner are a great way of getting the word out to a broader audience.

“Last year we had 141 rescues with the main causes being mechanical breakdown, electrical problems, fuel problems and medical evacuations. 

"Through opportunities like this and our Sea Safe Sunday in April we aim to make local boaties more aware of their safety responsibilities when they’re on the water.”  

Community Corner is a commercial space at 1300SMILES Stadium provided by the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, supporting 12 charities throughout the year. 

“Community Corner is part of the Cowboys’ commitment to assisting local charities to build awareness and support in the community,” Cowboys General Manager – Community Fiona Pelling explained. 

“Each of the 12 not-for-profit organisations we select to support through Community Corner are making real contributions to the North Queensland community with the support of their volunteers and community fundraising efforts.”

To find out more about the Townsville Coast Guard, visit their Facebook page: 
facebook.com/townsvillecoastguard