Bonnie TullochJapan's 2011 earthquake moved world literature honours student Bonnie Tulloch, a lifeguard in Langley, to create Wave of Compassion, to raise funds and awareness. Photo by the Langley Times.

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Wave of compassion

July 26, 2012
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Last year’s earthquake in Japan has led SFU student and lifeguard Bonnie Tulloch to reach out and help.

Tulloch, an SFU Surrey world literature honours student and Langley lifeguard, came up with an idea she calls Wave of Compassion, a lifeguard swim-a-thon to raise funds for the Red Cross. It takes place Saturday, July 28 at the Walnut Grove Community Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tulloch was moved by the devastation and wondered how she might help.

“If I had learned one thing from the Japan disaster it was that preparation saves lives,” she penned in a Langley Times article this week. “I asked myself what resources I had to offer - a university student and a lifeguard - I wasn’t completely sure how I could make a difference.

“My mind kept turning to the idea of compassion and how it spreads from person to person when emergency strikes. As lifeguards we work closely with the Red Cross, why not show our support by hosting a fundraiser that benefited their natural disaster management programs in B.C.? “

Tulloch inspired her co-workers to join in and help make it happen. At the event teams of lifeguards will swim to raise support for local Red Cross disaster management programs that respond to emergencies throughout B.C., including earthquakes, flooding and fires.

Money raised will go towards volunteer training and purchasing supplies and facilities for disaster relief.

The public can participate in activities related to emergency preparedness and disaster awareness. For more information call the Walnut Grove Community Centre 604-882-0408.

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