TO THE RESCUE: VMR Whitsunday past president Tom Manning, secretary Roger Wodson and Whitsunday Ocean Services owners Janelle and Warwick Eastwood (aka Woody and Wok), with the new VMR lifejackets, purchased courtesy of a community grant from the Macrossan and Amiet Charitable Foundation.
TO THE RESCUE: VMR Whitsunday past president Tom Manning, secretary Roger Wodson and Whitsunday Ocean Services owners Janelle and Warwick Eastwood (aka Woody and Wok), with the new VMR lifejackets, purchased courtesy of a community grant from the Macrossan and Amiet Charitable Foundation.

Life jackets help keep VMR afloat

THE Whitsunday Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) is extending a heartfelt thanks to the members of the community whose support keeps the organisation afloat.

This week, VMR past president Tom Manning and secretary Roger Wodson, were able to take delivery of 10 Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs), thanks to the generous donation of $800 from the Macrossan and Amiet Charitable Foundation.

Mr Manning said the VMR's previous life jackets were almost 10 years old.

"And of course it's mandatory that we have one for every person on the [rescue] vessel and that includes the passengers and the VMR crew," he said.

The PFDs were sourced by Whitsunday Ocean Services owners Warwick and Janelle Eastwood, otherwise known as Wok and Woody, who have provided VMR Whitsunday with RFD Cyclone 150N inflatable life jackets, approved to take the place of the former 'coastal brick' type life jackets, renowned for being bulky and taking up space.

Ms Eastwood said the VMR's PFDs would be serviced annually, or when required, at no cost.

She also said the VMR were a vital part of the safety network for the Whitsundays, yet as a volunteer organisation it was hard for them to have to fundraise for everything they needed.

"As safety is our business we are only too happy to come on board and help where we can with sourcing safety equipment and servicing what we sell," she said.

Macrossan and Amiet Foundation trustee, Andrew Telford, also applauded the VMR as a worthy cause.

"I'm fully aware of the service that the VMR provides and the safety net that gives the boating fraternity at the expense and time of all the volunteers involved," he said. Mr Manning and Mr Wodson said without support like this, the organisation would not survive.

"We rely on the public for membership, donations and sponsorship, and without this we would not be able to provide the 24/7 search and rescue operation in the Whitsundays," Mr Wodson said.

For more information or to donate, visit http://www.vmrwhitsundays.com.au.



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