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Search and rescue grateful for festive grant

Echuca and Moama Search and Rescue was one of seven groups to benefit from a YMCA Y Foundation grant.

JESS CRAIG December 23, 2013 4:49am

YMCA chief executive Michael Bailey (centre) with Echuca and Moama Search and Rescue Service squad members James Mackenzie-Ross (left) and Laurie Edmondstone.

Christmas has come early for the Echuca and Moama Search and Rescue Service.

The service received a $1600 grant from the YMCA Y Foundation to buy rescue equipment, including tools and specialised gloves.

The Y Foundation is focused on delivering grants to community groups and schools and uses money raised from the YMCA Sweat versus Steam event.

YMCA chief executive Michael Bailey said grants totalling $14,500 were distributed to Echuca and Moama Search and Rescue, YMCA Back-9 Golf Club, Moama Public School, Mathoura Public School, Echuca East Primary School and Echuca South Primary School.

Search and Rescue secretary/training officer Laurie Edmondstone said the squad was grateful for the donation.

‘‘We always need to update our equipment and it does get very expensive,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re also looking for new members, so if anyone is interested in seeing what we do, they’re welcome to come along.’’

For information, contact Echuca and Moama Search and Rescue on 54826510.

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