School kids don boardies for beach safety

Children across the region jumped at the chance to ditch their school uniforms in favour of a more casual look yesterday as they took part in Boardies Day.

The Surf Life Saving Australia initiative is designed to raise funds for the organisation and remind kids of the important beach safety message.

Woonona East Public School kids were a summery sight in their beach gear, but this was a mufti day with a message.

Woonona Surf Life Saving Club junior president Madeline Bow and Morgan MacKinnon, both 20, stopped in at the school yesterday to give students a fun and educational beach safety presentation.

Ms Bow said the children were eager to get involved in the discussion and showed a great deal of engagement.

"They were asking questions and telling us stories about killer whales and turtles on the beach, they responded really well," she said.

The volunteers' message was to always swim between the flags.

"We can't stress it enough," Ms Bow said.

Money raised from donations will help surf lifesavers buy rescue equipment and first aid supplies, and conduct lifesaver training and community education programs.

See boardiesday.com.au.

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