NSW Ports is helping lifesavers at Port Kembla Beach help those who get in trouble in the water.
The port authority is financially assisting Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Club with its work.
A spokesperson from NSW Ports said funding this summer was part of ongoing support for Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Club.
In recent years that included funds for the purchase of a new surf boat.
Just prior to Christmas two Port Kembla men’s crews put the rescue boat through its paces at a carnival at North Cronulla.
And one of the crews came third in the semi-final.
The NSW Ports spokesperson said helping Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Club with its work on one of the most popular beaches in the Illawarra was a good way to support the local community.
“Port Kembla Surf Life Saving Club and its members play a critical role in protecting beachgoers,” she said.
“And NSW Ports is pleased to continue to support these committed volunteers as they serve the local community”.
Meanwhile Port Kembla branch of the Mission to Seafarers has run its annual “Socks for Sailors” campaign. Lay chaplain Joh Kewa called for donations of new socks for visiting seafarers over the Christmas/New Year period.
He said the appeal is a simple way of bringing awareness about the important role seafarers have in supporting our everyday lives. It also highlights some of the challenges they face in undertaking this role.
NSW Ports distributed the socks to many seafarers who have been away from their families for months without a chance to see them over the festive period.