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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Surf Life Saving Lotteries launches new website

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Surf Life Saving Lotteries is excited to announce the launch of our brand new website which officially went live on Monday, 22 June 2015.

The change was brought about by the valuable feedback we received from our supporters and a need to create a user-friendly platform that is both easy to navigate and that provides the information our supporters require.

Head of Foundation Steve Francia said “the improved user experience was a necessary change for Surf Life Saving Lotteries to ensure our supporter’s needs are being met. Our intention was to create an engaging platform that would further encourage our supporters to be active in each lottery and to also provide them with the sharing functionality features so they can spread our message and their good will”.

Supporters will now be able to login to a personalised dashboard which will contain their purchase history and their ticket allocations. And when purchasing online, not only will they have the chance to win online purchase prizes, they also will never have to worry about losing their tickets again. The dashboard is available to all supporters who purchase online. To register, simply follow the steps when making your purchase.

Users can now also benefit from a fully responsive website. Which means, you will we be able to access and easily navigate Surf Life Saving Lotteries on all your mobile devices. “Over the last 12 months we have noticed a significant shift in website traffic coming from mobile and tablet devices. With an increasing pace of lifestyle we wanted our supporters to be able to access our website at a time convenient to them and this means when they are on the move” said Steve Francia.

Supporters will notice the main navigation now runs along the top of the website for ease of use and clear accessibility. Users can now also scroll through and enjoy an extensive gallery, read up on the prize home features and scout the location of each prize home.

We are very excited to provide our supporters with an easier platform to purchase tickets in each prize home lottery and we thank you for helping support our volunteer surf life savers and keeping our beaches safe.

Program offers special needs kids time out on the water

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rescue-story_01FAMILIES with special-needs children across Australia are being introduced to the fun of beach and water activities as a successful Noosa Surf Life Saving program gains momentum.

The Noosa Surf Life Saving Club’s Seahorse Nippers program offers children with physical and mental disabilities the opportunity to participate in beach and water-based activities such as relays, flags, boards and wades – often for the first time. Seahorse Nippers co-ordinator Steve Mawby said the success of the four week program – held each April and September at Main Beach – had resulted in the model being introduced in surf clubs such as Redcliffe and North Burleigh.

There have been expressions of interest from clubs across Australia including Coolangatta and Dicky Beach in Queensland, Cronulla, Manly and Collaroy in Sydney, and Lorne in Victoria, and in Western Australia and Tasmania.

Noosa conducts possibly the largest program of its type in the country. More than 80 lifesavers volunteer their time to help with the program for over 50 special-needs children. At least one lifesaver is paired with each participant, working with them on the Gboard (similar to a rescue board), wades and bodyboards.

The program is based on a model that began many years ago at Pambula surf club, on NSW’s far south coast.

The Noosa program began in April last year with 15 children.

Mr Mawby said the Seahorse program offered leadership opportunities and challenges for youth members of the surf club.  “One of the families commented to me that so many of these children see these young lifesavers as their role models in life,” he said. “The interaction between the children and the youth lifesavers is inspiring. It is such a worthwhile program.”