Our members at Fairy Meadow Surf Lifesaving Club are regularly involved in our local community in addition to the extensive hours spent patrolling the beach during the summer.
We thought we would share some of these initiatives and recognise the great work that our members do.
24 HR MS Mega Swim – March 2021
The 2021 24HR MS Mega Swim was held on the 13th and 14th March. The event is a fun team relay event where teams have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours and compete for laps swum and money raised. Points are awarded to each team; 1 point for every $10 raised (banked funds) and 1 point for every 500m swum.
Funds raised from MS Mega Challenge events contribute to MS Go For Gold Scholarships, Financial Assistance Programs and providing services to directly benefit people living with multiple sclerosis.
Members from FM put together a ‘Surf Lifesaving Illawarra team’ and invited members from all Clubs to take part. FM members from all ages were involved, from Nippers right up to our Life members. The team raised an impressive $2603 but fund raising continues (DONTAE HERE) and swam 63.85 Kilometers in total.
We could not be prouder of everyone involved! Well done team.
Surf Education at the University of Wollongong
Fairy Meadow Surf Club has a long history of engagement with Students of the University of Wollongong. With Campus East right across the road and our beach being on the free shuttle bus route, FM is popular with university students all year round. Over the years FM has held Surf safety talks, Bronze Medallion courses specifically for Campus East students, FM even had its own university branch of the Club known as SLSUOW. We provide a patrol roster which takes into consideration the unique position of university students many of whom are living away from their homes – Providing flexibility in our rostering to allow the students to travel home during the Christmas/New Year period, which represents our busiest period for patrolling the beach.
In 2021, Members recently attended orientation festivals held at Koolabong and Campus East at the University of Wollongong to deliver surf safety messages to the new students, many of whom have little to no experience at our beaches. The aim of our ongoing engagement with the University of Wollongong is to ensure the safety of students using Illawarra beaches and to provide the opportunity for students to join up and become a part of the local community.