Lifesavers with Pride proudly represented Surf Life Saving at the 2019 Mardi Gras Fair Day, last Sunday 17 February at Victoria Park in Sydney's inner west. The event allows Lifesavers with Pride to promote lifesaving as a welcoming destination to the LGBTIQ community when seeking a community services, sporting or social outlet. We were located in the sports village amongst the LGBTIQ sporting teams, although also spent time mixing with the Emergency Services.
The stall was manned by representatives from Bondi, North Bondi, Tamarama, Coogee, Palm Beach and Cronulla, all spreading the word that lifesaving is an inclusive, welcoming and progressive organisation. We had plenty of interest in our stall and many questions about what is involved in being a lifesaver.
The weather on the day was superb and the event was attended by an estimated 150,000 people, according to the Fair Day organisers. Lifesavers with Pride even took part in the Emergency Services Resuscitation event, representing Surf Life Saving NSW against the NSW Police Force, NSW State Emergency Services, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW Ambulance and Fire and Rescue NSW.
The event is run in the lead up to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which allows Lifesavers with Pride to get it's message out to a wider audience that lifesaving is a safe and welcome organisation for LGBTIQ people.