The Bangkok Patana School TigerSharks swimteam are hosting the 4th annual SwimSafe Thailand Swimathon Fundraiser on Saturday 11 June from 6pm – midnight. This is a great event which has made an enormous contribution over the last several years to SwimSafe – a program which aims to prevent child drowning by providing communities with the training and resources to teach children survival swimming skills. You can help prevent child drowning in Thailand by sponsoring a team as we swim through the night!
Why donate to SwimSafe Thailand?
Sadly more than 2,600 children die each year from drowning in Thailand, making it the leading cause of death for children over the age of one. That figure grows to an estimated 300,000 children across Asia each year. But research has shown that swimming skills are associated with protection from drowning in Thailand and elsewhere. New results from SwimSafe Bangladesh now show a five-fold drowning mortality reduction in children who have graduated from the program.
SwimSafe Thailand uses unique, low technology portable swimming pools to bring swim classes to children anywhere. Your contribution will go directly to project activities (training, swim teaching, equipment) at primary schools in three provinces across Thailand where hundreds of children are learning the survival swimming and rescue skills which will help safeguard themselves and their peers in the water – skills often taken for granted in high income countries.
With more than 140,000 children trained across the region to date, SwimSafe programs in Thailand, Vietnam and Bangladesh are leading the way to show that child drowning is indeed preventable. Your contribution will directly impact the numbers of children SwimSafe is able to reach in Thailand in 2011-12.
To help prevent child drowning in Thailand by making a donation to SwimSafe, please visit http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/SwimSafeThailandSwimathon and click on ‘Donate now’.
Thank you for your support!