Cape Town - On July 26, 2018, marks the one-year anniversary of the Patronage of Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco to Lifesaving South Africa.
In a star-studded event held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in uMhlanga, Durban in 2017, HSH Princess Charlene was announced at the Patron to Lifesaving SA and a partnership with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa was established with Lifesaving South Africa.
"It is a great honour for me to be named patron of Lifesaving South Africa, an organization that shares the same vision as my Foundation and one that I have always been inspired by. Lifesaving South Africa’s commitment to drowning prevention is remarkable and the spirit of volunteering that you are instilling in our young people is infectious," said HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco (formerly Charlene Wittstock) on the evening in 2017.
Over the past year Lifesaving South Africa and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa have been working together to reduce death by drowning through various outreach projects and drowning prevention programs.
In 2017 the classroom based Watersmart Drowning Prevention program, sponsored by General Tire, was presented to 18 474 grade four pupils in 83 schools. Each pupil received a reader, skills workbook and colourful handouts. In addition, over 15 000 educational fliers were distributed to various outreaches at social days or events.
In conjunction with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation SA the Watersmart Program will reach more than 36 000 pupils in over 260 schools in 2018, which is to commence at the end of July 2018.
The Watersmart program will be presented as part of the grade four school curriculum during the third term.
Lifesaving South Africa and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa will launch a "Learn to Swim" program later in the year with the aim of teaching 5 000 disadvantaged children to swim, taking the school based Watersmart program into a practical nine-week pool program.
We thank HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco for her vision and dedication to reduce death by drowning and we look forward to continuing to work with her Foundation.
"Together we will save lives - one person, one family, one community at a time," said HSH Princess Charlene.
For more information visit www.lifesaving.co.za and follow Lifesaving South Africa on social media @lifesavingsouthafrica and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation @PCMFSA or visit www.pcmfsa.co.za