Jan Celledon has always had a special connection to the ocean. “My first beach memory was taking the train down to the Gold Coast with my mum as a young child,” she explained. “My mum always loved the ocean and I inherited this love as well.”
Jan, who was born and bred in Brisbane, Queensland, also has fond memories of taking trips to Fingal Head in NSW with her parents, sisters and family friends.
“I love everything that the beach represents – being on the sand, diving into those waves. I just love it all.”
In addition to enjoying the beach, Jan relishes the opportunity to help others in her community. This is evident in the field trips that she has led for old neighbourhood friends up and down the coast, as well as the baking she does for her local church.
With Jan’s appreciation for the ocean and compassion for others, it’s not surprising that she is a longtime supporter of Surf Life Saving.
“I enjoy donating to such a wonderful, fair dinkum, charity,” she said. “Surf Life Saving is an iconic Australian movement that has been serving the community for over 100 years. Let’s face it, where would we all be without those wonderful volunteers keeping an eye on us? It’s a real comfort knowing that surf lifesavers are there.”
Jan explained that she needed to reassess the various charities she was supporting a few years ago, and that Surf Life Saving was one cause that was staying on the list.
She went a step further by not only giving generous donations across the years but also deciding to leave a gift to Surf Life Saving in her Will.
“I know Surf Life Saving is a worthy cause, and I want to help in any way that I can. Equipment like Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRBs) and rescue boards are expensive and need replacing. I understand that this stuff doesn’t last,” Jan explained.
“I think more people should be mindful that it costs money to keep us safe on the beach and perhaps they should support Surf Life Saving. Everyone from Nippers through to volunteer surf lifesavers need assistance. They are all so important.”