Saturday 22nd June 2019 was an exciting day for the Lions Club of McLaren Districts, the Aldinga Bay Surf Lifesaving Club and our wider community.

On that day, the Lions club formally handed over to the surf club a Sandcruiser Disability access swim chair for the communities’ use. This will mean disabled members of our community or those who struggle to access the surf can now do so with the support of qualified instructors and fully enjoy an awesome safe experience.

The Lions club financed 50% of the cost and the Australian Lions Foundation funded the other 50% and the total cost was around $5,000.

“This is a great day where two amazing service clubs combine to ensure all have safe and free access to the beautiful Aldinga Bay beaches” said Sel Voss President of McLaren Districts Lions. “We are so proud to be able to join with Aldinga Bay to provide this Sandcruiser and know we are making a real difference to those in our community who need this support to have fun in the surf.”

Paul Hibbird, President of Aldinga Bay Surf Lifesaving Club said “Our members are honoured to have been chosen to have this donation and we have already started our training to ensure we give every support to the users of this chair.” He added “We have an advantage here at Aldinga Bay because this chair can be wheeled straight onto the sand and into the surf through our patrol area which is also vehicle free”.

The Sandcruiser is made Queensland and is perfect for our beach.

The chair will be housed at the Aldinga Bay clubrooms and available to the public whenever the club is patrolling the beach.

Both Paul and Sel said they can’t wait for summer to roll around so they can see the fun this Chair will provide to members of our community.