The 2014 Laguna Lang Co triathlon is raising money save local children from drowning .This 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.
The race 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 call for donation from all triathletes and audiences, who can support us by cash or equipment, only $7 provides swim training for one child.
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