HUNGRY patrons helped to eat almost 100 kilograms of prawns served up to raise funds for Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club.
Club president Sean Fallon said the money raised from Prawns at the Point on Saturday would help replace inflatable boats worn out from patrols, rescue equipment and corroded fixtures.
About 125 people attended the lunch for fun and entertainment.
Prawns doused in cajun, chilli, garlic, soy honey and other seasonings were all served with fresh prawns caught from Straddie waters.
Mr Fallon said the event continued to be the club’s biggest fundraiser.
He expected the $10,000 fundraising goal would be hit.
One patron paid $1600 for an antique vault put up for auction, which was later revealed to contain chocolates, wine and an old pair of men’s bathers.
A chartered flight and paintings, including by artist Scott Christensen, were also auctioned off to bidders.
One table of generous diners donated a $20,000 inflatable boat to the club, in a move that left club members delighted.
Mr Fallon said volunteer surf lifesavers, including younger members, patrolled Main and Cylinder beaches.
The club worked with lifeguards at Adder Rock, recruited by Redland City Council, to keep patrol of the island’s beaches.
Frenchman’s Beach, known for its strong, dangerous currents, was not patrolled, nor advertised as a swimming beach.
“The club and lifeguards work together to cover as many beaches as we can,” Mr Fallon said.
“Not all beaches are patrolled and because of the island’s tourist appeal, we try to make sure people are aware.”
Mr Fallon said the clubs patrol of two beaches was unusual.
Resources, including a ribbed inflatable boat, were also shared with the mainland in case of flooding.
The club replaced three of their nine $20,000 inflatable boats every two years, Mr Fallon said.
The club did not have poker machines to generate proceeds, meaning members had to raise funds for equipment replacement and maintenance.
Every dollar donated to the club was appreciated.
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