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Flip flopping their way to $250,000

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Thursday, January 17

Flip flopping their way to $250,000

The shoe was on the other foot late last year when hundreds of thousands of Kiwis came to the assistance of Surf Life Saving NZ.

Office workers and ordinary New Zealanders donned their jandals for December 7’s Bach 22 National Jandal Day, in the process donating nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the privilege.

Proceeds from the charity’s first ever national fund raising day are committed to increasing public education, expanding life saving services and meeting the demand for more equipment and training for lifeguards.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand spokesperson Geoff Barry says the result simply confirms New Zealanders’ fantastic support for the guardians of their beaches.

“We never take for granted the support we receive from all New Zealanders and we are extremely grateful to them for their generosity on Bach 22 National Jandal Day.

“I can assure everyone who made a donation that the funds raised will be put to good use helping save lives on our beaches this summer and beyond. Thank you New Zealand.”

The inaugural event was a joint initiative between Surf Life Saving New Zealand and Bach 22, a fun and great-tasting new range of wine.

Bach 22 spokesperson Jane Bennett says Surf Life Saving New Zealand plays such a vital role in enabling all of us to safely enjoy our beaches.

“The wonderful response by New Zealanders to the country’s first ever Bach 22 National Jandal Day makes us feel extremely proud to have been the catalyst for what we know will become an iconic charity event.”

In addition to thousands of ordinary Kiwis, more than 930 businesses incorporating some 43,000 people took part in Bach 22 National Jandal Day.

Among them was Air New Zealand whose check-in staff at domestic terminals and executives at head office donned jandals at work.

In addition to office groups, thousands of individuals also took part in the day showing their support for the heroes of our beaches by making donations to collectors on the streets.

Bach 22 National Jandal Day is an annual fund raising event for Surf Life Saving New Zealand with this year’s activity planned for December 5.

About Bach 22 National Jandal Day
- Donations on Bach 22 National Jandal Day raised $250,000 for Surf Life Saving New Zealand.
- Until last year’s inaugural event, Surf Life Saving hasn’t had a national day of fundraising.
- Last year 1,440 lives were saved by the 3,000 volunteer and professional surf life guards manning New Zealand beaches.
- New Zealand has a per capita drowning rate twice that of Australia.
- Proceeds go towards increasing public education, expanding life saving services to increase beach access and meet the demand for more equipment and training for lifeguards.
- Bach 22 National Jandal Day sponsor Bach 22 pledged $5,000 to jump-start the fund raising.

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