Michael repays favour surf club with fundraising
MICHAEL Ryan watched each of his three girls grow up on the beach ? from sandcastles to swimming in the surf and competing in the final run up the beach.
His family has always been involved in surf life- saving and for 20 years he has been supporting his local club.
Mr Ryan was fundraising this week for the Tannum Sands Surf Lifesaving Club (TSSLC). It was his way of saying thanks for the memories.
'We used to go down to the beach every Sunday and watch them,' Mr Ryan said.
'They did everything on the beach. Swim, board, beach.'
Mr Ryan accompanied his girls as they travelled along the coast to various lifesav- ing competitions throught the years.
He said the club had been an important part in their lives as the girls competed but also for their role on the beach.
'The amount of work they do for the country ? they're very important,' Mr Ryan said.
'One hundred per cent. They need to be supported.'
Every day this week Mr Ryan has been at Stockland Gladstone at his desk, surf lifesaving gear on, fundrais- ing for TSSLC.
TSSLC captain Ken Pol- lock said this time of year was when the lifesavers held their annual fundraisers. Mr Pollock said the life- savers only received a limit- ed grant and the rest was raised by the club.
The club is fundraising at Stockland Gladstone this week and will be holding a raffle tomorrow.