[Photo caption] Top left: Ian Klopper, Station Commander of Station 26 in Kommetjie, Paul De Groot, Past President of the Rotary Club of Claremont, and Brad Geyser, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) Operational Board Member for Region 1 at a special event held on Saturday 19 March 2016 in support of the new NSRI Base Station in Kommetjie, Cape Town;

Top right: The unveiling of the new NSRI Base Station in Kommetjie.

With a monetary donation to the value of almost R 500 000.00 the Rotary Club of Claremont demonstrated their support towards the new NSRI Base Station in Kommetjie, Cape Town this weekend. The new location of the base station is much better situated to respond to emergencies as it will reduce call out times with up to 30 minutes. This improvement will certainly assist the Kommetjie NSRI volunteers to save more lives.

The long standing relationship between the Rotary Club of Claremont and the NSRI stretches over three decades, and is characterised by mutual respect and support. Over the years these two organisations have worked hand-in-hand on many successful projects that benefitted the greater communities within their area of operations. The new NSRI building project in Kommetjie will be no different.

The Rotary Club of Claremont’s donation will ensure that the NSRI’s Kommetjie unit can deliver a much needed timeous service. The NSRI offers important public services along the coast of Kommetjie which includes emergency sea rescue for boats in distress, motor vehicle accidents on the coastal roads and cliffs, as well as stranded dolphins or whales.

The site identified for the new base station will resolve a major logistical problem for the NSRI in Kommetjie in the future. “Supporting the NSRI’s new building project in Kommetjie was an easy decision for us, as they play such an important role in the community, and the new base station will increase their effectivity in serving the public in times of crisis.” says Paul De Groot, Past President of the Rotary Club of Claremont.

“We are incredibly grateful to the Rotary Club of Claremont for their generous donation,” said Brad Geyser, Operations Board Member of Region 1 at the NSRI on Saturday, “with the new base we’ll be able to have a much quicker turnaround time when there is a crisis and be able to save many more lives,” adds, Geyser.

The NSRI volunteers will be provided with an upgraded working environment including new offices, ablution facilities and boat shed.

For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont, please visit http://claremontrotary.co.za/.