Graham Ford: proud president of Surf Life Saving Australia

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Surf Life Saving Australia was founded on the 18th October, 1907. In more than 100 years of history, the organization headquartered in Sydney has collected a long list of happy memories.

Every year, more than 45,000 surf life savers nationwide volunteer almost 1.4 million hours of their time to ensure Australians can enjoy their day at the beach safely.

Graham Ford, president of SLSA, has been a volunteer for over 25 years. At 62, Ford reveals the beach has been a huge part of his life as well as his family's.

"I first joined surf life saving 25 years ago because I wanted to enrol my kids in nippers and provide them with the chance to make friends, learn to work with others and most importantly, be safe and responsible in the surf", says Graham Ford.

"In my role as President of Surf Life Saving Australia, I travel to clubs around the country and see first-hand the amazing work our committed lifesavers do and I'm proud of the volunteers that help keep our beaches safe."

Surf Life Saving Australia has rescued over 615,000 beachgoers, since 1907.

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