Mangawhai surf club to benefit from new Hilux
Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Lifeguard Service (MHVLS) is excited to receive one of 17 new Toyota Hilux SR5’s being distributed to surf lifesaving clubs in the Northern Region.
MHVLS receives attractive leasing arrangements in the deal, but still needs to fund ongoing running costs, including insurance, on road running costs and fuel.
MHVLS is also seeking additional funding to fit out the vehicle to provide 24 hour response capability.
"We are excited with the possibilities this vehicle opens up for our club,” says club president Jon Drucker. “We eventually will have it set up to provide 24 hour response capability to aquatic incidents in our local area. Aquatic response will be in addition to its intended club use, from transporting surf participants and equipment to trainings and surf sports carnivals, to administrative tasks which require travel to and from Auckland and beyond.”
The vehicle deal, involving Surf Lifesaving Northern Region, Grassroots Foundation, and Toyota Financial Services, is looking to go national next year to benefit all surf lifesaving clubs in New Zealand.
The new Toyota Hilux was down at the beach on Labour Weekend as MHVLS opened their patrolling season.
Fully rostered patrols will commence for the summer season on December 1. Between Labour Weekend Monday and December 1, MHVLS will provide limited patrols on the weekend, as well as their usual 24 hour call-out squad response capability.
MHVLS and Surf Lifesaving New Zealand advise beachgoers to swim smart at the beach: Be cautious of strong currents or large waves, never swim alone, when in doubt don't go out, and if lifeguards are patrolling swim between the flags.
MHVLS is seeking additional funding to fit out their new ute.