Singers support surf club with fundraiser

By Liz Wylie

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Whanganui Intermediate School Choir will support the Lyric Singers at their concert next week.
Whanganui Intermediate School Choir will support the Lyric Singers at their concert next week.

The Lyric Singers and Whanganui Intermediate School Choir are teaming up to help support surf life saving with a concert on November 26.

Lyric Singers conductor Joanna Love, said the committee was unanimous in its decision to nominate the surf club as their chosen charity for their Christmas concert this year.

"They do such an essential job and we know they are not well funded," she said.

Whanganui Surf Life Saving promotions officer, Melanie Miller said the club is delighted to be chosen.

"We have four new life guards training in the pool and all our regulars are getting in to tip top shape as well," she said.

Life guards will begin patrolling at Castlecliff and Mawhanau beaches from December 17 and Mrs Miller said there will guards on duty during Christmas day.

"It is a paid work day but we realise that people like to spend it with their families so we asked for volunteers rather than rostering people on.

"There has been such a good response that it seems we will have more than we need."

Whanganui beaches have not previously had patrols on December 25, but the club re-evaluted the policy after 17-year-old Jordan Marshall drowned at Castlecliff on Christmas day last year.

Although Mr Marshall was caught in a rip while swimming away from the regular patrolled area, it is hoped the presence of flags and life guards on the beach will encourage swimmers to stay within the area.

Mrs Miller said the Whanganui community has been very generous this year and the club has received help with uniforms, vehicles and other gear.

The Lyric Singers' Look at the World concert will be held at St Mary's Church at 2pm on Saturday November 26th.

As well as the WIS choir, they will be accompanied by teenage musicians Vincent Collins on piano and Ethan Mancer on euphonium.

Entry is $15 for adults and children are free.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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