FORTY YEARS: The Rainbow Beach Surf lifesaving Club is celebrating 40 years this year with a huge reunion. Pictured are Ron Organ, Gary Hewitt and Bill Nolan with one of the club’s first photos. Ron, Gary and Bill are pictured behind the club’s 1974-75 beach relay winners from the Mackay State Titles. Pictured in the photo are Rob Murray, Greg Wilson, Paul Battle and Peter Lehman.
FORTY YEARS: The Rainbow Beach Surf lifesaving Club is celebrating 40 years this year with a huge reunion. Pictured are Ron Organ, Gary Hewitt and Bill Nolan with one of the club’s first photos. Ron, Gary and Bill are pictured behind the club’s 1974-75 beach relay winners from the Mackay State Titles. Pictured in the photo are Rob Murray, Greg Wilson, Paul Battle and Peter Lehman. Craig Warhurst

40 years saving lifes on the Cooloola Coast

SURF LIFESAVING: Imagine six guys jumping in the back of a HT ute and travelling more than 1000km to a surf carnival in Mackay.

It wouldn't happen today; the law wouldn't allow it, but that's exactly what Rainbow Beach surf lifesaving team did 40 years ago.

The fledgling club had just been formed and decided to send its first team to the state titles.

It was a bumpy trip up the Bruce Hwy with the young men taking turns to ride in the tray; it rained most of the way up to Mackay.

Manager of the team at the time was Bill Nolan. He said when they finally arrived in Mackay the boys weren't registered to compete.

"We had to beg, borrow and steal to get them a start, but they came home with two gold and silver," Nolan said.

It's stories like these the surf lifesaving club is after when they celebrate 40 years serving the community this summer.

Yesterday Ron Organ, Gary Hewitt and Bill Nolan posed for a photo with one of the club's first-ever official photos.

The trio, along with Mike Langton, is asking people to send in any memorabilia they may have relating to the club.

They are hoping to display it at an upcoming reunion pencilled in for June 20.

If anyone has any memorabilia they would like to loan the club, or a good story about the early days of the club, they can email mlangton@westnet.com.au or contact the Rainbow Beach Surf Club on 5486 3249.