“This hard time here… This is going to make the club, the club we want it to be.”
Mark Lewin said these words to Trevor Martin during the most challenging season in the Marine Surf Lifesavers Club’s existence. This was when their offices were containers, and when half their members left them. It was their darkest hour…and amidst all of this, they found the club shift dramatically for the good.
In this place of persistence, forging, and hard work, they had a change in their hearts, personally, as individuals, and as a club, and decided to give back to the community. And with that decision, they ended up meeting a man called Lucky.
Lucky excelled at his new passion. He became a great part of the team and would have received his lifetime membership this year.
However, sickness came and Lucky passed away last year, it hit the club hard. He was a part of the MSLC family, and they still feel his absence. At STORY Sessions #5, Lucky was referred to as the catalyst in the very beginning, that moved MSLC’s development programmes full steam ahead.
What amazed me, was one small story by Mark Lewin, almost just an aside comment. He tells of how during championships one year, he was walking along the beach with another experienced hand in the industry. Upon seeing how MSLC’s development guys where proudly and perfectly setting out their gear in preparation for championships, the man was struck asked Mark, “How did you get these
guys to change their attitudes?”.
Mark replied without hesitation, “We didn’t. We just changed ours.”
All that it takes to make an impact somewhere, is a change of attitude. MSLC made the radical change of attitude and with that they set out to change people’s lives. A man like Thando Thusi, who nearly drowned when he was young, but had such a love for the ocean that he kept at it, was caught up in this wave of change and is now the Senior Life Guard at South Beach at the age of 26.
It’s such a great picture of how far our country has come as a nation and how we can carry on taking the momentum forward (the work is not over).
The one STORY out of this, is that there is always a place to give to others, always a time to invest in someone, even if it would appear your resources are low and your priorities overwhelming. With MSLC never giving up, even in the hard times, and still making a change in their community, there is something we can all learn.
It should take much more than many losses, and knocks to the head, to kill our hopes and dreams.
Let us know what you think, and get ready for Travis’ thoughts on the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club STORY coming this Thursday.
The STORY Sessions Team.
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