New figures show beach drownings up 71 per cent
New figures show there have already been 12 beach drowning since patrolling started on Labour Weekend.
This is an increase of 71 per cent on the same time last year.
Following this announcement, BP says it will make a donation to Surf Life Saving New Zealand for every litre of fuel sold before February 16.
SLSNZ needs $10 million a year to continue its operations across New Zealand, in addition to the $10 million needed by its 74 surf life saving clubs.
This year, SLSNZ has experienced an unexpected decrease in funding and BP is calling on the public to help make a difference through the 2020 Every Litre Counts initiative.
"There is no question that the funding we receive from partners like BP is crucial in keeping our organisation afloat," says SLSNZ’s CEO, Paul Dalton.
"Funding is always at the forefront of our minds, and this year even more so. Knowing that the public has our backs with a campaign like Every Litre Counts, is a huge weight off our shoulders."
From today, anyone who fuels up at a BP retail site will automatically contribute to the vital work of SLSNZ with BP donating a portion of every litre sold. Since the beginning of the season, volunteer lifeguards have saved 157 lives already.
"Since we first launched Every Litre Counts in 2018, New Zealanders have helped raise more than $677,000 for Surf Life Saving New Zealand," says BP New Zealand’s Managing Director, Debi Boffa.
"We are excited to bring it back and support such a worthy group of volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure communities are safe.
"At BP, we’ve supported SLSNZ since 1968 and want to do everything we can to support their constant commitment to help keep our beaches safe. It’s simple - every little bit helps, so make every litre count by just filling up as usual, and we’ll donate."
In the last decade, volunteer surf lifeguards have rescued more than 11,000 people from life-threatening situations.
Since the beginning of BP’s 52-year partnership with SLSNZ, close to 56,000 lives have been saved, with 22,700 of these rescues conducted using an Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB).
Just less than 300 IRBs are used to patrol New Zealand beaches and in recent years, they have accounted for almost seven out of every 10 rescues, making them a primary piece of equipment.
Every Litre Counts was first launched in 2018 by BP to celebrate 50 years of supporting SLSNZ and raised more than $459,000. When it returned in 2019, just over $218,000 was raised.
To be involved, New Zealanders can purchase fuel at any BP retail site between Monday January 20 and Sunday, February 16, and BP will donate to SLSNZ.
For more information, visit http://www.bp.co.nz