FAMILY BUSINESS: Mark Bryant has had a strong connection with the surf lifesaving movement for a long time.
FAMILY BUSINESS: Mark Bryant has had a strong connection with the surf lifesaving movement for a long time. Mike Richards

Bryant family makes waves helping at Tannum surf club

MARK Bryant and his family started making waves at the Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club 13 years ago.

The 48-year-old plant manager joined the organisation in 2002 and has never looked back.

His children - Shem, 20, Poppy, 17, and Finn, 15 - have been part of the club, and all are surf lifesavers in their own right.

"(It's a) family sport that also doubles as a community service and (it's) a very good excuse to be on the beach in summer," said Mr Bryant, who is married to Barbara.

"My two youngest (children) still compete in lifesaving carnivals, and my oldest earns part of his living life-guarding at South Bank in Brisbane around his uni studies."

Mr Bryant said he'd had some great times with the club over the years.

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"(These include) watching each of my kids mature into competent lifesavers and witnessing some of the children I coach win medals at the Queensland state junior surf life saving titles," he said.

Over the coming weeks, Gladstone region residents will see Mr Bryant and many of his surf lifesaving comrades hit the streets as they raise money for the annual Surf Safe Appeal.

The appeal runs from Monday, August 31, to Sunday, September 13.

All money raised goes back into the region's lifesaving clubs.

"The lifesaving appeal is one of the biggest programs to fund the operations of our surf clubs," Mr Bryant said.

"Without this money, a lot of clubs in our region would struggle to continue to operate as effectively as we do."

Mr Bryant urged the region's residents to dig deep.

"The appeal would raise at least 5% of the funds our club needs to be able to provide the basic lifesaving functions needed to service the beach-goers in our community.

He said most clubs would experience a diminishing of the services they provide if the money from the rescue appeal were to disappear.

More online at http://www.surfsafeappeal.com.au.

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