Tomago Aluminium is all at sea for junior lifesavers

Tomago Aluminium is all at sea for junior lifesavers

One of Australia’s biggest aluminium smelters is joining forces with the district’s largest surf lifesaving club in a sponsorship arrangement that will benefit both the club and the broader community.

Tomago Aluminium will sponsor Cooks Hill Surf Lifesaving Club (SLSC) to the tune of $5,000.

$3,000 will be earmarked for uniforms for the club’s 140-strong junior squads competing in state and national events and $2,000 will fund training equipment used by younger club members.

The financial assistance for Cooks Hill SLSC’s junior programs is seen as yet another way in which Tomago Aluminium can support the wider community, according to Tomago’s Communications Advisor, Katie Burns.

“We support a number of regional groups across a broad range. We like helping a wide variety of community groups because we feel our support can really make a difference,” Katie said.

In the past 35 years Tomago employees have contributed more than a million dollars for local charities with a similar amount raised for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Established in 1911, Cooks Hill SLSC is the Hunter’s oldest and biggest surf club with some 1,250 members including 600 Nippers.

Around 250 members are actively involved in regular voluntary surf patrols watching over Bar Beach every Saturday, Sunday, and public holiday from early October through to the end of April.

Cooks Hill SLSC members have been patrolling the hugely popular beach every summer for the past 110 years.

Surf Club President, Michael Clancy said the club prides itself on its high levels of training, patrolling, and serving the region.

“Cooks Hill Surf Lifesaving Club takes great pride in fostering the youth element in surf lifesaving and this money will go a long way towards helping us achieve our goals,” Michael said.

“We are extremely appreciative of the support Tomago Aluminium is giving us with this highly valued sponsorship.

“We have a large and successful Nippers program with hundreds of children participating each summer and funding like this is critical both for the club environment and for the broader community,” he added.

Tomago Aluminium Chief Financial Officer, Stacey Sleeman said that with 85 per cent of Australia’s population is living within 50 kilometres of the coastline, connecting with Cooks Hill SLSC seemed like a natural fit.

“Here in the Hunter, we love the beach. We spend a lot of time in the water and, thanks to surf lifesaving clubs like Cooks Hill, we are able to do so in great safety,” Stacey said.

“The junior members, the Nippers being trained now, are our future lifesavers and we are happy to help the Cooks Hill club encourage its junior membership programs.”

Cooks Hill SLSC oversees a variety of activities including all-age training programs and surf competitions as well as community outreach activities which includes refugee and immigrant beach safety and wheelchair beach access programs.

The club is the only surf club in the country to have a cenotaph honouring, among others, eight of its own members who were killed in action in World War One.

Tomago Aluminium representatives presented Cooks Hill SLSC with a cheque for $5,000 on Wednesday, February 2 in the club’s Aussie Room.

IMAGE | Cooks Hill Surf Livesaving Club Members with their new Tomago hats and shirts.

Tomago Aluminium

Tomago Aluminium is the leading manufacturer of aluminium. Since pouring the first metal in 1983 Tomago Aluminium has grown be the most significant Aluminium smelter in Australia and New Zealand.

Tomago has achieved 35 years of success due to the ability of employees to embrace change and keep in front of industry innovations.

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