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Charity specialist to help club rebuild

25 May 2018

Charity specialist to help club rebuild


Dominique Paduch has had plenty of practice raising money to save lives but her latest project also combines that with some bricks and mortar.

The 32-year-old has joined forces with the Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service to raise the final $900,000 needed for the club’s rebuild.

Work has already started on the $3million project, which will see a world-class lifeguard facility in place by next summer, complete with community function space and emergency service operations rooms.

Dominique has herself built an impressive career in the not-for-profit space, including stints with SADD (students against dangerous driving), the Australian Breast Cancer Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Marie Curie Cancer Care in the United Kingdom.  Her last role in Auckland was managing corporate partnerships at the Starship Foundation.

“My husband Simon and I moved to Mount Maunganui in February for the Bay of Plenty lifestyle and the beach is a massive part of that attraction,” Paduch said.  “It was a bit of a dream to get involved with the surf club, which is not only an iconic part of the local community but a crucial lifesaving service over summer.”

Dominique grew up on farms in the Waikato where her parents were sharemilking, playing a range of sports and representing Waikato at netball.

She qualified as a lifeguard in Whangamata a decade ago and is looking forward to renewing those skills.

Until then, her focus will be firmly on getting the Mount club fully operational, by enlisting the wider Tauranga community.

“Volunteers from the club has saved thousands of lives over the 90 years they’ve been patrolling the Mount Maunganui coast and this is a great chance for people to help save lives tomorrow by donating today.”

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