June 2014 Recipients
The Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service work hard every summer to prevent drownings at Mount Maunganui Beach, Mauao and Tauranga Harbour. It received $6,176 to purchase a new engine for their inflatable rescue boat (IRB) as the current one is over six years old.
The service provides over 5,000 volunteer hours patrolling beaches every year and the IRB is essential in providing services to the public as it is the primary emergency response vessel, used in the majority of water based rescues.
Due to the nature of use and environment the boats are used in, the engine and hulls need to be replaced every five years to remain safe and reliable.
The grant from the Mazda Foundation means they can replace the IRB’s engine and continue to safely help the Mount Maunganui community in time for summer.