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National Jandal Day - 5 Dec

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News Release

18 November 2008

No shoes in sight on National Jandal Day

National Jandal Day is back - Surf Life Saving’s national appeal day is set to make a huge splash again this year as Kiwis all over New Zealand are urged to wear their jandals in support of Surf Life Saving.

Collectors will be out in force on Friday, 5 December from the tip of the North to the deep South, encouraging Kiwis to give generously to one of New Zealand’s most respected charities. Proceeds raised will go directly towards the purchase of essential rescue equipment, Surf Lifeguard training and extending services to meet the growing needs of our communities. Last year National Jandal Day received an extremely positive response raising over $260,000.

“National Jandal Day plays a very important role for Surf Life Saving and raising awareness of how essential our services are. Last year, the public’s genuine appreciation was overwhelming to our lifeguards collecting on the street. The positive accolades personally attributed to our guards caught many by surprise – they willingly volunteer their spare time and expect no recognition for it.” says Geoff Barry CEO Surf Life Saving New Zealand.

Each year more than 2.3 million people enjoy New Zealand’s favorite playground at least once during summer. The beach - it’s our favourite playground and with your support we can ensure it’s safer for everyone.

Every Kiwi is encouraged to participate in National Jandal Day, whether just by wearing jandals and making a donation to our street collectors, or by calling 0900 54 334 to make an instant $20 donation. You can also text the word SURF to 4483 to make an instant $3 donation, post your donation to Surf Life Saving, PO Box 9205, Wellington 6141, Freepost 100280 or alternatively make an online donation with a credit card by going to . Donations may also be made at any ASB Bank.

Workplaces, schools or community groups are encouraged to register online at before 1 December 2008 to receive a National Jandal Day pack.

By wearing jandals and making a donation you are helping Surf Life Saving save lives.


Editor’s Notes:

SLSNZ has been patrolling beaches since 1910. Last season Surf Lifeguards performed over 1680 rescues, performed 111,225 preventative actions and made 354,896 safety interventions. Surf Lifeguards’ spent a combined total of 183,350 hours patrolling our beaches to help make our favourite playground a safer place.


National Jandal Day 2008

Friday 5 December


Friday 5 December is National Jandal Day and is Surf Life Saving’s second annual national appeal day. Surf Life Saving is one of New Zealand’s most respected charity organisations and our primary objective is to prevent drowning and injury on New Zealand beaches – it’s about making our favourite playground safer for everyone.

Our first annual National Jandal Day was launched in December 2007 and raised over $260,000 for Surf Life Saving in New Zealand.

About National Jandal Day

Jandals, summer holidays, the beach and Surf Lifeguards paint a picture of a good old Kiwi summer - with more than 80 percent of Kiwis claiming to own a pair of jandals - and over 60 percent admit to owning more than one pair!

Surf Life Saving NZ is encouraging New Zealanders to wear their jandals on Friday, December 5 and pledge a donation to support safer summers on our beaches.

With 15,000kms of coastline our beaches are our national playground. Last year over 1,680 lives were saved by Surf Lifeguards but alarmingly, New Zealand has a drowning rate of twice that per capita of Australia. Surf Life Saving needs your help to bring this figure down!

Creating safer summers on our beaches

Surf Life Saving is committed to making New Zealand’s beaches as safe as possible. Beach Patrols are a large part of what we do – however we also provide a myriad of other services including public education programmes, event safety services and work place first aid training.

Where will the funds go?

The proceeds from National Jandal Day will go towards supporting Surf Lifeguards by:

- Purchasing essential rescue equipment and Surf Lifeguard training

- Extending our services to meet the growing needs of the community

- Increasing Surf Life Saving’s commitment to public education

Getting involved

Wear your jandals to work & give generously!

You can show your support for National Jandal Day by wearing your jandals to work on Friday, December 5.

Donations can be made:

1. Online with a credit card at

2. Call 0900 54 334 to make an instant $20 donation

3. Post your donation to: Surf Life Saving, PO Box 9205, Wellington 6141, Freepost 100280

4. Text the word SURF to 4483 to make an instant $3 donation

5. Give generously to street collectors on Friday 5th December

6. At ASB Bank around the country

Collectors will be out in force, so please spare a gold coin or two for this worthy cause.

Visit our official website for more information.

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