Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Keeping it Real! Jono's Reel is Ready to Save the Day!

Final Rehearsal: Thursday 6:15pm (for 6:30pm) Media Promo Shoot (On Beach NORTH Bondi), then 7:30pm Final Rehearsal (SOUTH) Bondi Surf Club

Dear All

Well it's finally here! Our final rehearsal!

Thank-you Sally for making it all happen at Monday's rehearsal - you were amazing! Our star choreographer Laurence is back and this is the most important rehearsal to attend!
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Part 1) 6:15pm for 6:30pm Dress Rehearsal & Media Photo Shoot on Beach at NORTH Bondi - Bring your AussieBums and Cap!

COLLECT SWIMWEAR ASAP! BRING YOUR CAP!

When: Arrive at 6:15 to get your Aussiebums or change into them
What: Dress Rehearsal on the Beach
Where: NORTH Bondi on the sand
Wear: PARADE UNIFORM (no shoes) - Change into parade gear - Aussiebums and Cap, use North Bondi clubhouse.
Who: Television (Channels 7, 9 and ABC) and Press will be taking video/photos for Mardi Gras news features! (see blog for previous years')
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Part 2) 7:30pm Rehearsal INDOORS at BONDI SURF CLUB - 200m SOUTH of North Bondi - Change back into your shorts etc

COMPULSORY ATTENDANCE (AT PART 2, NOT PART 1) - Please contact us if you are not coming THURSDAY. Even if you have already told us - you must reply again! We need to do an accurate count. No reply and no show Thursday will mean no entry wrist-band for you and no marching!

Why Compulsory:

1) FINAL PART OF ROUTINE TO LEARN - This rehearsal is the most important of them all. We have NOT yet finished learning the routine, there are a number of counts of eight left!! There is a whole all-change-position steps where back quarters move to become the front quarters!

2) SHOES - YOu will get your shoes tonight! There will be those who have ordered too big and those who have ordered too small. We need everyone there so we can swap. And there is NO OTHER chance to pick them up.

3) SWIMMERS - Unless you plan to go naked, you will need to pick-up your swimmers!!!!

4) POSITIONS - You will be allocated your final position.

5) GETTING IT RIGHT - Uniform single image is what we pride ourselves in. You need to be here to get the routine in synch with everyone. It is not fair on others to just wing-it!
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Agenda:
- Introductions
- Committee Announcements
- Parade Day Logistics
- Parade March - Do's and Dont's
- Helping Dismantle
- Parade Carnival - After Party
- Tamarama BBQ
- Laurence Stark - Choreographer - Final Part of Routine and Perfecting the Routine
- Distribution of Shoes and Shoe Swapping!!!
- Reminders

.. then off to Ravesi's pub for our last drink together before the BIG day! A well deserved drink!

This is going to be the BEST Lifesavers with Pride march ever! Why? Because we have the perfect mix of the best choreographer and the best group of lifesavers ever!

Questions? Reply to this email or send a message to info@lifesaverswithpride.com

See you Thursday!

Lifesavers with Pride Organising Committee

Press: COVER STORY! Wentworth Courier (24/2/10)

"Australia's all-singing, all-dancing lifesavers will hit the Mardi Gras Parade ..."



Press: SX Issue 472 (11/2/10)



"Not only do they look hot but also prove that iconic heros can be gay and lesbians too."

Press: Bondi View (February 2010)



"We need to remind people Lifesavers with Pride isn't a beauty parade ... we're all about saving lives." lol

Press: Sydney Star Observer (10/2/10)



"More than 80 lifesavers ... with a dance routine richly displaying the various methods of lifesaving."

Press: AXN Mardi Gras Guide (February 2010)


"Look out for popular Mardi Gras entries Lifesavers with Pride ..."

Press: The Sunday Telegraph & Herald Sun (21/2/10)



Monday, February 22, 2010

The Reel - Jonathan Toh never ceases to impress!




Rehearsal Video!

Practice, practice, practice ...


Next Rehearsal: 7:00pm MONDAY @ NORTH BONDI SLSC (upstairs)

Mardi Gras Parade is only a week away! Excited? It's going to be a GREAT DAY! We only have TWO more rehearsals before the big day - we have only MONDAY and THURSDAY!
Please note the change to MONDAY, not Tuesday. ALSO, VENUE JUST FOR MONDAY is NORTH BONDI SLSC, not Bondi. Due to logistics, we had to move our Tuesday session to Monday along with a change of venue.... 200m North.

Date: Monday, 22nd February
Time: 7:00pm sharp start
Venue: North Bondi SLSC, Upstairs. Door will be locked downstairs so please do not be late. If you arrive late call 0411-753-360 if you can't slip in.

Online Rehearsal Video - YouTube
Here's the online training video!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI7987A9g-g

REMEMBER - Participation Fee Payment - $40 Due By End of Tuesday!
Your swimwear is ready - it will be handed out on Monday night to all those who have paid. Please pay before the rehearsal. Only those that have paid will be able to march with the group - so please help get this administration point out of the way. If you are unable to pay Tuesday - you must let Michael Mellon or Mark Kuuse know ASAP.

Agenda
Here's the evening in a nutshell:
- 6:30pm - 7:00pm Registration. Be sure to sign the attendance sheet!
- 6:30pm - AUSSIEBUM (no logo just a tag) SWIMWEAR HANDED OUT TO ALL WHO HAVE PAID-UP
- 7:00pm - START
- Greetings - EVERYONE says hello, name, and club
- Committee Update - Bingay, Mardi Gras March Registration and Parade Day Items, Post-Parade Carnival, Tamarama BBQ
- DANCE! - Our very own fellow lifesaver, Sally Harding will be filling in for Laurence tonight. Laurence has tasked Sally with making us the sexiest and best dancers float! THANK YOU SALLY!
- Wrap-up announcements!
- Finish about 8:30pm ... and then off to the pub!

Questions? Email info@lifesaverswithpride.com

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Foxtel photoshoot on Bondi Beach




Foxtel Mardi Gras photoshoot starring Lifesavers with Pride and Parade coverage host, Charlotte Dawson. Read all about it here. And dont forget to check out our Facebook page and become a fan for even more images.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Rehearsal #2 - Thursday 18th February 2010

Hello Fellow Marchers!

Wow! What a great start last Thursday's rehearsal was! Thank you to everyone that was able to attend! This is going to be the best year ever! Thanks guys for making it such!

We have THREE rehearsals left - Thursday (18th), next Tuesday (23rd) and next Thursday (25th). The Parade is Saturday, 27th February.

You must have attended THREE of our four rehearsals to be in the parade. Thursday 25th rehearsal attendance is COMPULSORY. Please advise us if you look unable to meet this rule.

Agenda - Thursday 18th February - Rehearsal #2
Here's the evening in a nutshell:
- 6:30pm - 7:00pm REGISTRATION!! Be sure to sign the attendance sheet!
- 7:00pm sharp start!
- Greetings - EVERYONE says hello, name, and club
- Committee Update - Mardi Gras, Bingay, Tamarama BBQ
- Laurence Stark - Our star choreographer continues to make dancers out of all of us!
- Wrap-up announcements!
- Offer of Lifts Home - PLEASE MAKE KNOWN IF YOU CAN OFFER A LIFT IN YOUR CAR BACK TO CIVILISATION
- Finish about 8:30pm ... and then off to the pub!

What to Wear and Bring - IT IS VERY VERY HOT INSIDE - NO CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK! - YOU WILL NEED WATER AND A CHANGE OF SHIRT!!
- Please wear sneakers!
- A change of shirt ... you will get VERY VERY sweaty ... or take your shirt of - not a problem!
- A drink! Bring a bottle of water!

Social Drink at Ravesi Hotel (Bondi, opposite beach)
Please join everyone after rehearsal at Ravesi's Hotel ground floor. This is what it's all about - meeting other lifesavers and making new friends! Please do not worry if you do not know anyone! You soon will!

Questions? Email info@lifesaverswithpride.com

Monday, February 15, 2010

Pics from first rehearsal

Make sure you join our Facebook group and check out even more photos or our rehearsals.





Thursday, February 11, 2010

Rehearsal #1 - Thursday 11th February 2010


Hello Fellow Marchers!

Tonight's our first rehearsal and also the first chance for everyone to meet new faces and old faces, AND to learn the most fun parade routine ever!

Where and How to Get There
Downstairs of Bondi Surf Bather's Lifesaving Club - Thanks guys for making your space available to us!
Next to Bondi Pavilion Bondi Beach.
Take the Buses 380, 381, or 333 (pre-pay express) along Oxford St, or from Bondi Junction.
Bondi Junction is Pre-Pay for ALL buses till 7pm.

Agenda - Thursday 11th February - Rehearsal #1
Here's the evening in a nutshell:
  • 6:30pm - 7:00pm REGISTRATION!! Be sure to sign the attendance sheet!
  • 7:00pm sharp start! Be sure to arrive soon after 6:30pm so you can meet everyone else
  • Introductions from Organising Committee and Everyone - your name and your club
  • Introducing Laurence Stark - Our Choreographer (this guy is GREAT!!!)
  • Committee outlines what's happening in the weeks ahead
  • One and Two and ... Laurence starts teaching sixty people how to dance! <<<<<---- THE MAIN EVENT!
  • Wrap-up announcements! Sponsorship, Bingay, Tamarama BBQ
  • Offer of Lifts Home - PLEASE MAKE KNOWN IF YOU CAN OFFER A LIFT IN YOUR CAR BACK TO CIVILISATION
  • Finish about 8:30pm ... all go have a quick drink together, oozing with excitement about this whole thing!

What to Wear and Bring

  • Please wear sneakers! Sixty people will be targeting your toes to jump up and down on with their two left feet.
  • A change of shirt ... you will get sweaty ...
  • A drink! Bring a bottle of water - you will be working up a sweat!
  • A snack! A banana or handful of dust may help if you're craving dinner!

The AFTER PARTY!!!!
Yes! Social drinks! Please join everyone after rehearsal at Ravesi's Hotel ground floor (cnr of Hall St and Campbell Pde, opposite bus stop back to town!! Bring ID if you look younger than me!) for a quick a beer, water, wine, soda, lemon-lime-bitters, or Milo. This is what it's all about - meeting other lifesavers and making new friends! Please do not worry if you do not know anyone! I will make sure you know more than 5 people before you leave! It's a great kick-off to the parade and mardi gras season! We're in this together!

Facebook Group
Of course we have a facebook group. This is our just-launched, promotional page open to every man and his dog. And woman and her cat. We'll be using this to get a buzz out there for our group and float. Join! The Blog will remain our members' communications page.
Join at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=484164100220&ref=search&sid=678603228.2228323386..1

Questions? Email info@lifesaverswithpride.com

Press: Make a splash with Lifesavers with Pride (SX News)


Written by Peter Hackney
Wednesday, 10 February 2010

A favourite with the crowds that throng the Mardi Gras Parade route, the Lifesavers with Pride are back in 2010 for their fourth sashay up Oxford Street, dressed in distinctive red and yellow.

This year, however, the group of gay and lesbian lifesavers wants to up the ante. While previous entries have featured a very strong contingent of Sydneysiders, this year the group wants to especially encourage queer lifesavers from outside Sydney to take part.

Read More at SX ...

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Reminder: Mardi Gras Parade - Lifesavers with Pride - Sign-up ASAP if you haven't already done so!

Wow! It's only a matter of weeks away! Our rehearsals start on Thursday, 11th February and we need to get your swimmers made!

1) SWIMMERS - Get Your Size In!
Yes! The lovely folk at AussieBum are having their seamstresses (is that sexist?) work overtime in whipping-up our sexy Lycra attire for the march!

The swimwear order must be finalised by the end of this week! All applications to march must be in by February 7th!

2) REHEARSALS - BONDI SURF LIFESAVING CLUB HALL - Next to Bondi Pavilion
The wonderful guys and girls of Bondi SLSC have kindly made available their club hall for our rehearsals.


Please make note on your fridge door of the following dates:

1) Rehearsal #1 - 6:30pm Thursday, 11 February - Bondi Surf Club
2) Rehearsal #2 - 6:30pm Thursday, 18 February - Bondi Surf Club
3) Rehearsal #3 - 6:30pm Tuesday, 23 February - Bondi Surf Club
4) Rehearsal #4 - 6:30pm Thursday, 25 February - Bondi Surf Club ... and on the BEACH!!!
5) Mardi Gras Parade - Saturday, 27 February - Oxford Street

6) Tamarama Beach BBQ - 1:00pm Saturday, 6th March, Tamarama

(Note: Not at North Bondi SLSC - don't get the location confused)

3) INTERSTATE PARTICIPANTS - We Want You!
As much as we'd love to see you at each rehearsal - please come to at least the final rehearsal and let me know that you will be coming! We will post the routine video on YouTube.

4) HELP WANTED!
4.1) Building Stuff
We are building a giant surf rescue rope reel this year ... well that's the plan. And we are looking for anyone with skills of any sort to help at the build-out this Saturday afternoon (Feb 6). Please let Jonathan Toh know if you can help out. Email back to here at: lifesaverswithpride@gmail.com
4.2) Support/Water Runners
Additionally we will be looking for water / support crew for the day, and for general help at rehearsals. Please let me Mark Kuuse know if you can help: lifesaverswithpride@gmail.com

5) STILL UNDECIDED? .... 1) WATCH THIS VIDEO!!! 2) SIGN-UP!!
2010 Mardi Gras Lifesavers with Pride Recruitment Video - WE WANT YOU!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBjdlUMXcqY




Many thanks to Chadd Small - our video man - you're the best!

6) MORE HELP WANTED! GUEST APPEARANCES AT EXTRA EVENTS! BINGAY!
Yes! Mardi Gras just can't get enough of Lifesavers with Pride!

A huge charity function run by ACON each year is Bingay! Lifesavers with Pride is invited to attend to sell raffle tickets to raise money for its float and also have a good time promoting lifesaving amongst a very receptive crowd of near 500! This event is a LOT OF FUN! Please let me know if you would like to be part of this fun event!

Contact: Mark Kuuse, lifesaverswithpride@gmail.com

7) HOLD THE DATE!!!! Saturday 1pm, 6th March : Lifesavers with Pride TAMARAMA Beach BBQ
Yes! An afternoon at Tamarama. A BBQ event to be held by our group with an open invitation to the Mardi Gras community. Lot's of fun to be had!
More details to follow.

Contact: Ronan MacSweeney, lifesaverswithpride@gmail.com

8) MARDI GRAS GENERAL PROMOTIONAL VIDEO
Here's the general Mardi Gras promotion video - Lifesavers get a good dose of appearances!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E121DmvAIM

9) STAY IN TOUCH!
Here's how to stay in touch and get in touch. We have a wonderful online blog that has all sorts of history about the group and the parade and the whole experience! Please take a look.
email: lifesaverswithpride@gmail.com
web: http://lifesaverswithpride.blogspot.com

Thanks for reading down to here!

Mark Kuuse
Chairman
On behalf of the Lifesavers with Pride Committee

Mardi Gras 2010 Official Promo Video - Plenty of Lifesavers with Pride!



Well, well, well! Lifesavers with Pride get featured over and over in the official Mardi Gras 2010 promotional video released on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E121DmvAIM

Comment how much you love the Lifesavers with Pride glimpses!
The national group of gay and lesbian Australian surf lifesavers and their friends