NOVOCASTRIANS will swap their school uniforms and work clothes for boardshorts this Friday to show their support for a local cause.
Boardies Day is an annual fund-raising campaign by the Surf Lifesaving Foundation.
It is an integral part of fund-raising for surf lifesaving clubs across the country.
Schools, workplaces and individuals are encouraged to register online, bust out their boardshorts and contribute donations to local lifesaving clubs.
Any donations received will go towards vital beach patrol equipment such as rescue boards.
Last year surf rescue boards saved the lives of 3094 people.
Dixon Park Surf Lifesaving Club will be one of the 13 clubs across the Hunter to benefit of Boardies Day.
The club's president, Stuart Barnett, said its only income was through donations.
"It's all we've got to renew our equipment and train our surf lifesaving volunteers, and it means everything to us," Mr Barnett said.
Throughout February, Grill'd at The Junction and Charlestown have elected to donate moneythrough its Local Matters program.