Seal Point Boardriders Club Chairperson Dan Thornton accepts the R25k donation from Rotarian Lyn Aitken.

Photo by Si Cunneen – ‘Wild By Nature Photography’

At the end of the year, we posted this very cool story about Billy’s Beach donating R500k to Rotary for distribution among the community. 

A huge thank you to the organisers of Billy’s Beach for an incredible R500 000.00 donation towards the Rotary Club of St Francis’ charitable and community projects. The donation was presented at the Billie’s Charity Event on 2 January 2024 and gratefully accepted by Rtn Andrew Watson on behalf of the Club.
St Francis Rotarians will manage the distribution and expenditure of the donated funds on behalf of Billy’s Beach. They will consult with their management team this week to determine how the funds will be put to the best possible use through 2024.What a fantastic difference this is going to make! Thank you, Billy’s Beach and all those who supported their charity event.”

Rotary recently connected with the Seal Point Boardriders Club after they heard that the Surf Club was looking to upgrade its First Aid equipment at the beach after a recent tragic death witnessed by many surf club members. 

After discussing it with some friends at The Surfing Doctors, it was decided that the Club would purchase an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED).

(An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and can treat them through defibrillation, the application of electricity, which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.)

Rotary donated R25k to the surf club to upgrade the Club’s First Aid kit, and Club Chairperson Dan Thornton met with Lyn Aitken from Rotary for the cheque handover. 

“The donation from Rotary will greatly help our goal of getting a fully kitted First Aid box with an AED for the beach,” said Thornton. While it is a Surf Club kit, it will benefit all beach-goers and visiting surfers, so we would like to thank Rotary and Billy’s Beach for helping us with this initiative.”

The Seal Point Boardriders Club has contacted the NSRI Station 21 St Francis Bay and had a very positive conversation with Station Commander Sara Jane Smith about CPR and first aid courses for club members and others. The NSRI Station 21 and the Seal Point Boardriders Club will be working closely in the future regarding first aid courses and a few other partnerships.