Cape Town - Working to save lives and
prevent unnecessary deaths from drowning: Gavin Varejes, President of The Princess Charlene
of Monaco Foundation SA, has been made an honorary vice-patron of Lifesaving
is due to the tireless work that the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has
done in the country to promote water safety and teaching children to swim.
appointment follows an event where Lifesaving South Africa President Dylan
Tommy announced Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco's status as
Patron at an event in Durban on July 26, 2017.
The Foundation, which was
established in 2012, has been active in SA since 2013 and has reached over 300
000 people since its inception. It was founded because Her Serene Highness
is a former Olympic swimmer who soon realised the critical importance of teaching
families water safety skills. She has used her influence and passion for
philanthropy to promote this cause in a number of countries across the world.
Varejes, who is a successful SA businessman and entrepreneur, became involved
due to his numerous other humanitarian efforts, many of which are linked to the
use of sport for social upliftment, such as his position as president of the SA
Rugby Legends Association.
During the event in Durban,
Varejes announced the distribution of 200 rescue boards, valued in excess of R2
million, from the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation SA to Lifesaving SA.
The boards, which were sponsored by Cell C and Richmark Holdings, of which
Varejes is the Executive Chairman, will go to every LSA-affiliated lifesaving
club in South Africa.
Varejes says, “We are confident that the new
the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa and Lifesaving South
help to not only save lives but also to promote the fun and safety aspects of
learning to swim amongst SA communities. We are excited for what the future
Lifesaving South Africa
President Dylan Tommy and SASCOC President Gideon Sam both expressed gratitude
to HSH Princess Charlene and Varejes for their contribution to raising the
profile of lifesaving in South Africa, both on a social level and as a sport.