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Surf Life Saving New Zealand

Backing Our Heroes

Thrifty Car Rental Community Partnership

Thrifty Car Rental is proud to be a charity partner of Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ). The partnership not only has a strong focus on public and staff water safety, but it’s an opportunity for Thrifty to proactively give back to the communities and our customers (that’s you) in a meaningful way.

For over 100 years, SLSNZ has been saving lives at beaches throughout New Zealand and keeping communities safe in the water. The organisation has 74 surf clubs patrolling over 80 locations throughout New Zealand. Over the 2015/16 summer season, SLSNZ saved 1,517 people from life threatening situations.

As part of the partnership, Thrifty supplies SLSNZ with ten 4WD vehicles, which allows SLSNZ to redirect over $110,000 towards training lifeguards and supporting SLSNZ clubs nationwide to save more lives.

Thrifty staff across the country are also encouraged to engage and develop local relationships with SLSNZ clubs and assist them with local fundraising activities. Partnership to date, Thrifty employees have raised an incredible $125,000 for Surf Life Saving New Zealand!

How to Donate

SLSNZ spends an incredible amount of money on making sure their team have the right tools to do their job. As examples; it costs $120 for a rescue tube, $20,000 for an IRB, $60 for a set of fins and $4,000 for a defibrillator. If you’d like to support our “bravely serving heroes” this summer, click here to make an online donation.Thanks in advance for all your support.

Surf Safety Tip: Swim between the flags

Those planning their summer holidays during the coming months should take water safety into consideration when planning their beach destination. Make sure you are choosing a patrolled beach where you can swim between the flags and feel safe in the knowledge that there are highly skilled lifeguards on hand.

At a patrolled beach, Surf Lifeguards have checked the conditions and put the red and yellow flags in the safest place to swim or play. During the day the flags may be moved as wind, tide or surf conditions change, so always check where they are. Never be afraid to ask the Surf Lifeguards for assistance.