Thank You for your generous donation at the 2014 Laguna Lăng Cô triathlon for the Swimming For Safety programme. Over the weekend of the event, US$1200 were raised by cash donation and auction at the award party thanks to our athletes and audience members. With this amount of money, 170 local students will be able to join the swimming safety training, significantly reducing their risk of water-related accidents. This programme is achieved by the charity Hue Help who are teaching water safety and basic swimming techniques.
This project follows the success of 2013’s School Water Project in which the Laguna Lăng Cô Triathlon raised money to provide 4 fresh water filtration systems that give local schools drinking water for 3 years. In 2014, Laguna Lăng Cô collaborates with Hue Help to implement their Swimming For Safety programme, a project that provides secondary school students with first aid courses and swimming techniques to 10 schools in Thua Thien Hue Province.
Some facts related to this initiative:
+ UNICEF and The Alliance For Safety state Vietnam is the one of countries with the highest rate of drowning in the world, an average of 32 deaths every day.
+ Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for people between 5 and 24.
The Vietnamese government national programme on child injury prevention for 2011-2015 focuses on the prevention of child drowning.
+ Thua Thien Hue Province has extensive flooding which poses significant safety risks for children in the province. Phu Loc district within Hue province is home to South East Asia’s largest lagoon. A statistic launched by Thua Thien Hue Red Cross state that 1,815 children were involved in water-related accidents and fatalities in 2008 alone.
Swimming for Safety was initially launched by Hue Help, a UK registered, locally based charity. In 2011 they collaborated with the UK Swimming Teacher’s Association (STA) to organize swim training courses for 30 teachers who then taught 1,200 school children in Phu Loc district how to swim.
In 2014, Hue Help is continuing this project which plans to provide swimming training for the next generation of secondary students.
The number of total students in Phu Loc district is around 11,000.
We are encouraging and calling for donation from all athletes and interested audiences who can still support us even after the event by cash or equipment. Only $7 provides swim safety training and the chance to save the life of one child.
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