Logan families will be more swim safe thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Logan Aquatic Masters Swimming Club.
The seven seasoned swimmers in the Logan Aquatic Masters Club, ranging from 30 to 80 years of age, campaigned over a two month period – encouraging their family and friends to dive deep in an effort to help families become more swim safe by providing swimming lessons to a number of disadvantaged Logan children.
“Swim education is such a vital skill for our Australian lifestyle and I am extremely grateful for the efforts Logan Aquatic Masters Swimming Club members have gone to,” says Logan Aquatic Centres Program Leader Peter Willis. “They came up with a great initiative, promoting the ‘cent-a-metre’ swim-a-thon and put in a lot of hard work to raise a total of $5,700.”
Drowning is the greatest cause of accidental death in children under five in Australia, and on average, a child drowns every week.
“The club’s generous donation will help us provide vital swim safety education, which may just save a child’s life one day,” says Willis.
The Laurie Lawrence “Kids Alive do the Five” free swimming lessons initiative will commence on the week beginning Monday 20 January at Logan North Aquatic Centre. Bookings can be made from 6 January by contacting Council on 3412 5645.
“Living in the Sunshine State, water-based recreational activities are a part of life so it is imperative parents do everything they can to ensure their children have the skills to be able to swim,” says Logan Aquatic Masters Club Secretary Richard Hodge. “While none of our members are past or present champions, we all have a love of water and wanted to give back to Council and the community by donating our recent fundraising efforts towards all-important swim safety and education.”
Hodge added that he hoped that in the years to come the toddlers of today would repay their generosity by continuing to assist future generations to safely enjoy the water.