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 10:45am. 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 1950’s and early 60’s 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 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”.