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Binningup’s Silver Salties group hit the waves with new rash shirts following Albemarle grant funding

Claudette RizziHarvey-Waroona Reporter
The Binningup Surf Life Saving Club has received funding from Albemarle to purchase rash shirts for its Silver Salties group.
Camera IconThe Binningup Surf Life Saving Club has received funding from Albemarle to purchase rash shirts for its Silver Salties group. Credit: Albemarle/Supplied

A South West surf life saving club is putting safety first in style for its senior members.

The Binningup SLSC recently received funding from Albemarle’s Community Grants Program, which has been used to purchase rash shirts for its Silver Salties group.

It is hoped the bright new shirts will boost safety among the group and create a sense of unity.

A number of clubs across the country take part in the Silver Salties community program, which seeks to promote physical activity and social connections among people aged 65-plus, regardless of mobility or fitness level.

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Binningup Silver Salties president Julie Doyle said the group was grateful for the shirts in the lead up to summer, with all members excited to be wearing their 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.

The wearing of the rashies among the group is compulsory for member’s safety.

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.

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

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