Marine Rescue – Cosy Up Competition

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The Breakwall Belles is a group of friends who act as the fundraising arm for Marine Rescue NSW. The Group is inviting people to get their knitting needles out for the Cosy Up Exhibition and Competition. Breakwall Belles member, Jill Nash, fills us in on all the details…

What types of creations are people invited to make?

The Breakwall Belles invite the general public to let their imagination inspire their creativity for our Cosy Up Competition, by making a cosy for tea pots, coffee plungers, hot water bottles etc. These can be knitted, crocheted, quilted, beaded or sewn. Use buttons, ribbons, bows – whatever takes your fancy.

Make it whimsical or science fictional; perhaps your inspiration may come from nursery rhymes, marine themes or Australiana. Just let your imagination run riot and create something special for our competition. We already have quite a number of very interesting entries.

What prizes are offered for the best entries?

A prize of $100 along with a certificate will be presented to the winners of: Most Innovative, Most Creative and Most Popular.

Certificates will also be awarded to Most Commended entries. The Breakwall Belles would like to thank Daniel and Sharon Romer of Gloria Jean’s in Wharf Street, Forster.

Why should people support Marine Rescue NSW?

Marine Rescue NSW Forster Tuncurry Base is comprised completely of volunteers. The Base operates from Seal Rocks to Crowdy Head, the whole of Wallis Lake and its rivers.

The radio room is manned 24/7 all year, monitoring for any distress calls or calls for assistance from anyone on the water. The Base has 2 rescue boats, each manned by crews who are on call 24/7 on a weekly roster, responding to calls at sea or assistance on Wallis Lake.

Marine Rescue is available to anyone going boating by ‘logging on’ with the Base. Once logged on, they can be assured that Marine Rescue will watch out for their boat until they return to land and if anything happens, then Marine Rescue will respond to ensure the safety of all at sea or on the lake.

Anybody can call the Base at any hour to check the latest weather forecast, current local conditions and tide times.

Already in January 2012, there were 14 calls for assistance.

While Marine Rescue NSW Headquarters receives some funding from the State Government, it is not sufficient to cover all the expenses of maintaining the Marine Rescue Bases along the coast.

Each Base incurs the same expenses as any business with telephone, electricity, water and rent; they do not receive any discounts for these services, and there are also the ongoing cost of maintaining the 2 rescue boats and the Base.

This is why we rely on support from the general public. We need this support, because Marine Rescue is a volunteer organisation, and therefore we do not charge for any of the rescue services we provide. The only way, except for some grants, the Base can raise money to continue providing this service is by public support.

The Base also relies heavily relies on the year-round fundraising activities of the Breakwall Belles to help keep the Base and boats running.

How can people enter the competition?

It only costs $5 to enter your cosy. Entries must be received at the Marine Rescue Base, Southern Breakwall, Forster before 4pm on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.

All entries remain the property of Marine Rescue NSW and will be offered for sale during the exhibition. Exhibitors may purchase their own entry for $2.50 prior to the exhibition.

For more information, please call Sue on 6554 6108 or Margaret on 6555 3230.

When and where is the Cosy up Competition on display?

Our Cosy Up Competition/Exhibition is being held over the Easter weekend, from April 6 – April 9, 2012 at the Marine Rescue Base, Southern Breakwall, Forster. It is open each day from 10am to 4pm.

The Breakwall Belles (fundraisers for Marine Rescue) will be selling morning and afternoon tea/coffee and cakes. There will also be raffles and a craft stall. Entry to the exhibition is by gold coin donation. Cosies will be available for sale to the public.

Thanks Jill.

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