Coolum Beach Lifesavers will again this year be participating in the Coolum/Peregian Dawn service and with special involvement also this year at the Yandina/Eumundi RSL taking place from 10:45 am. The day is for remembering all who have served in war including those from our Surf Club especially the seven young Coolum Lifesavers from the Yandina Maroochy River District who made the supreme sacrifice while serving their country in WW2. Six of these seven men are honoured on Yandina’s Cenotaph
An important part of our Surf Club’s Centenary Year Celebration is to remember where we have come from and those who helped to get us to where we are today. Prior to the late 1950s and early 60s, many of the Club’s earliest Volunteer Lifesavers came from the Yandina Maroochy River District.
On ANZAC Day we will not only remember the band of young men from the Coolum Surf Club, who when called upon volunteered to fight for their country in WW2. We will also be paying a tribute to the people of the Yandina Maroochy River District who all those years ago volunteered and contributed much to the Surf Club, helping to lay the foundations for it to become the successful club it is today.
An article from the Nambour Chronicle on November 10, 1944, best describes the situation at the time and the contribution and sacrifice our Club and its Lifesavers made for our country. “Owing to many of the club’s officers and members on military duty, and in the Fighting Services, it has been quite impossible for the committee to do more than hold the nucleus of the club together until better times arrive or it appears appropriate to make an endeavour to place the club on a more active basis. No less than 32 active members were in the services - practically the whole of the club’s active strength. Some of these lads have been wounded or taken prisoner, several are missing, and four of them - Barry Evans, Butten Singh, Jim Berry and Lance Jensen have paid the supreme sacrifice”.