December 2020

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Hi everyone,

ACTIVATION NUMBERS EASING BUT MEDIVACS UP

With more wind over these last few weeks, activations have slowed down a bit, but medivacs are still on the increase. It is nice to see that QAS can rely on VMR in a medical emergency, 24/7.

2020 is already a record year for us overall, and we are now 26% ahead of the record pace set last year thanks to the dedication and commitment of all our volunteers.

WE HOPE LABOR KEEPS ITS PROMISE

In the lead-up to the recent State election, the Labor Government committed $33.58 million to marine rescue services in Queensland. This was to be used for replacement vessels and for the integration of current marine rescue services into a single organisation. We endorse that initiative, and look forward to seeing real progress in that direction for the benefit of all boaties and the dedicated volunteers that selflessly save lives at sea.

HISTORY PROJECT MAKING PROGRESS

We are currently conducting a project to set out and record the history of our rescue organisation in the Whitsundays, aiming to have it completed for our 60th anniversary in 4 years’ time.

Back in 1964, a group of boaties started saving people and boats in the Whitsundays using their own private boats, and it was not until 1987 that Whitsunday Air Sea Rescue was able to purchase its first dedicated rescue vessel, Rescue 1. Some interesting stories and anecdotes are emerging as we proceed, as well as some sad ones. We look forward to finishing the research and putting it all together – it should make for interesting reading.

FUNDRAISING IS STILL A CHALLENGE

Fundraising has taken a bit of a battering due to COVID-19. Donations made to our collections tins at various places have dwindled as society has moved to touch-less card transactions.

Nevertheless, every Friday night we hold meat-tray draws with the great support of Dingo Beach Hotel, and that is proving very popular with locals and visitors alike – worth checking out! And if you are inclined to make a donation to help keep us on the water, you may do so on our website. Your support would be most appreciated.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!

Ever had the thought that you’d like to volunteer to help out with VMR? Perhaps you’re keen to get out on the boats for activations….or maybe you’re not a boatie at all, but could help in other ways like Radio or fundraising. Whatever your interest or skills, we could use your assistance so perhaps turn that thought into action!

To come out on Activations you will need to attend a minimum of 6 training sessions. More information and an Application Form can be found on our website.

MEMBERSHIP MAKES A GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT!

Why not buy a membership as a Christmas present for that special someone!  You’ll feel safe knowing that they are a member, and they may save a lot of money. 

An average assistance tow takes 2.5 hours in total including the time to activate, locate the vessel, tow back to a safe location, refuel and return our boat to its berth. Our operational charge is $323 an hour which equates to a cost of $807 for a simple breakdown i.e. for running out of fuel.

Mal

That’s it for this month.  There is no January Samson Post but rest assured that the volunteers will still be around to assist should you need us over the Christmas period. 

We here at VMR Whitsundays wish all our members a safe and enjoyable festive season.

Kind regards,
Mal Priday
President,
Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday


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