November 29, 2023


  • New rash shirts initiative for seniors at the Binningup surf club helps improve beach unity
  • The rashies were funded through Albemarle’s Community Grants Program

A South West Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) has equipped its senior members with new rash shirts to boost safety and create a sense of unity within the team.

The Binningup SLSC Silver Salties group used funding provided through Albemarle’s Community Grants Program to purchase rashies that will help to increase the team’s visibility during beach and water-based activities, allowing them to easily keep track of one another.

Albemarle Australia Country Manager Beverley East said the company was pleased to support a project that enhanced beach safety and improved water confidence among seniors.

“The Silver Salties rashie initiative is one of the many ways that Albemarle is giving back to the local community,” Ms East said.

“The grants program supports a variety of projects, helping a cross-section of local groups, large and small, which aim to have a positive impact on South West communities.”

The Silver Salties community program is delivered by a range of participating surf lifesaving clubs and promotes physical activity and social connections among people aged 65-plus, irrespective of mobility or fitness level.

Binningup’s Silver Salties President Julie Doyle said the group was grateful for the rashies in the lead up to summer, with all members excited to be wearing the new kit.

“The rashies have helped enable a group of active seniors to participate in water activities, which is great for their fitness and being connected in the local community,” she said.

“They provide comfort to the group - as opposed to the tighter surf and rescue rashies – and are great for sun protection, warmth and importantly a way for members to be recognised in the water.

“Wearing of the rashies is compulsory for members’ safety.”

Ms East said the emphasis on inclusivity as part of this initiative also aligned with Albemarle’s ongoing commitment to promoting well-being across all age groups.

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