Lifeguard The Med

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Raised by 51 people in 30 months

Dear friends.

I am excited to announce my next major Humanitarian Aid Mission. From December 16 2016 until 7 January 2017 I will become the first Australian Search and Rescue crew member and lifeguard to join the SOS Mediterranee’s MS Aquarius ship patrol in the Mediterranean sea SAR zone off the coast of Libya on a refugee rescue mission.

In light of a dramatic increase of boats in distress and the insufficiency of existing measures, SOS MEDITERRANEE’s rescue vessel AQUARIUS forms a key part of search and rescue (SAR) efforts in the central Mediterranean. Onboard the ship, there is a dedicated Search and Rescue Team, joined by a medical team from SOS’s partners Médecins Sans Frontières “Doctors Without Borders”. The rescue operations are conducted in close cooperation with the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC, Rome) in the sea area between Sicily, Lampedusa and Libya.

Being winter time in the Mediterranean Sea, the ocean will be dangerous and unpredictable. This is not a joy boat ride in the middle of the ocean, there are real lives at risk during this time, including my own. For this mission, I will give up my Birthday, Christmas with my family and New Years with my friends to be there for refugees in need of compassion and humanitarian aid. What I took from my experience rescuing Syrian Refugees in Lesvos, Greece in early 2016 is that “humanity is seen by many but only actioned by some”. I choose to take action, despite the potential risk this journey poses.



Travelling to the other side of the world comes at a financial cost and will require me to purchase additional technical ocean rescue gear. I would love for you to share in my work with donations to help me get back to the frontline. Donations for the Lesvos mission allowed us to set up a rapid response team within Lifeguard Hellas, giving us the tools to save refugees. No matter what our government policy is, previous donations to the Lesvos mission established an Australian legacy of helping rescue refugees in the Mediterranean. It is my duty to represent our unique Australian lifesaving and humanitarian skills on an international scale once again. I cannot sit by in the comfort of my home and watch from afar and not use my experience and expertise to continue to help people in need.

Since being the only Australian Lifeguard in the Aegean Sea before the EU Turkey deal rescuing refugees with Lifeguard Hellas/ISLA, I have been nominated for Australian of the Year 2017, a Pride of Australia medal (2015 & 2016) and Victorian Lifesaver of the Year ( 2015 & 2016). I have travelled to Mexico and the USA with the International Surf Lifesaving Association (ISLA) to help train community organisations to become Lifeguards and had the rewarding experience of seeing them in action rescuing others.



To give you some idea of the scale and professionalism of SOS MEDITERRANEE: 3842 people are rescued every 6 months, 2 babies have been born on board AQUARIUS and there have been 6187 safe on board.

Please Donate here. There are 2 simple steps and it only takes 1.57 seconds. Let's share in humanity together. https://www.gofundme.com/lifeguardthemed

Regards.

Simon Lewis
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Some pics for those that have supported me to save lives on the frontline.
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9 days before I leave to Europe.

I have accepted the role as Head of Mission for rotations 3 and 4 for NGO MISSION LIFELINE e.V. I will be based in Malta from the 29th September for SAR operations off the coast of Libya rescuing refugees.

I am very proud to be the first Australian Head of Mission in the Libyan SAR Zone and very happy to be returning to help those most in need.

Before I take up that role I will be with NGO Proactiva open arms from the 25th august as Lifeguard/SAR crew rescuing refugees.

This mission to save lives just got a lot better.

Contribute and help us at www.gofundme.com/medsea2

Thank you so much.

Simon.
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EPIC NEWS:

I can confirm that I have accepted the role as Head of Mission for rotations 3 and 4 for NGO MISSION LIFELINE e.V. I will be based in Malta from the 29th September for SAR operations off the coast of Libya rescuing refugees.

I am very proud to be the first Australian Head of Mission in the Libyan SAR Zone and very happy to be returning to help those most in need.

Before I take up that role I will be with NGO Proactiva open arms from the 25th august as Lifeguard/SAR crew.

This mission to save lives just got a lot better.

Contribute and help us at www.gofundme.com/medsea2

Thank you so much.

Simon.
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Only 19 days to go before I head to Europe and then onto Malta where I'll be based from to head to the coast of Libya rescuing refugees in destress.

Your help is needed to support this expensive mission in the sea, all airfares/personal costs are out of my own money and your donation is into direct operations.

Let's see what we can do together? Help by donating or sharing this page. www.gofundme.com/medsea2

Simon.
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Raised by 51 people in 30 months
Created September 27, 2016
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Doni Baz
20 months ago

You show us again how genuine and caring a person you are, good luck and stay safe Simon

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Anonymous
20 months ago
AC
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Aveline Clarke
20 months ago

Thank you for your efforts to help people in need.

JS
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jane spurrs
20 months ago

amazing work Simon x

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Di Clancy
20 months ago

Good on you Simon. Thank you for showing people, that although the problem is huge it doesn't have to be a reason to do nothing.

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