Funding from Wenty Leagues allows implementation of Royal Life Saving Society program

by Patrick Halaka | Feb 28,2017

‘Water Smart Kindy Kids’ initiative teaches 800 Holroyd kids vital safety skills

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David Macallister, CEO of the Royal Life Saving Society NSW, recently attended Wenty Leagues to present the club with a Royal Life Saving ‘Certificate of Appreciation’. The certificate is in recognition of Wenty Leagues’ generous support offered through the 2016-17 ClubGrants program, and will be accepted by Wenty Leagues’ CEO Glenn Kovacs.

Royal Life Saving operates as a leading water safety organisation that works to prevent drowning and facilitate healthy, active lifestyles by equipping all Australians with water safety skills. The Water Smart program teaches kindy-age students how to identify and avoid dangers in various aquatic environments and further encourages safe decision making.

“Students are given the opportunity to practise skills such as signalling for help, performing reach rescues and wearing a lifejacket” says Kimberley Noffs, Health Promotion Coordinator, Royal Life Saving NSW. “It’s great to see the kids having fun while learning important skills”.

The funding not only allowed Royal Life Saving to run the Water Smart Sessions, but also provide a CPR chart and an education response First Aid Kit for each school to keep, as well as rubber ducks, stick on tattoos and colouring in sheets for the children. Take home resources were also provided, including water safety brochures and CPR fridge magnets to ensure parents were also equipped with water safety skills.

Wenty Leagues is proud to support local community groups, charities and schools who operate throughout Holroyd as part of the ClubGRANTS scheme. Funding provided by Wenty Leagues supports local community service and development needs that are consistent with the social outcomes identified in the Living Holroyd Community Strategic Plan, including cultural harmony, safety, health and fitness, community involvement, access and equity.

Wenty Leagues was the biggest contributor in Holroyd in 2016 with donations of more than $420,000 in cash and in-kind to Category 1 projects, and over $990,000 in cash and in-kind funding to Category 2 projects.