Friends of the Community have Chosen Royal Lifesaving Society WA as the 2022 beneficiary.
The Royal Life Saving Society WA (RLSSWA) is a not-for profit organisation, serving the community as the largest provider of water safety education in our state. The RLSSWA purpose is to empower the community to be safe in and around water, and lead efforts to reduce the impact of drowning in all Western Australians. The programs RLSSWA deliver include Keep Watch: providing Australian parents and carers of 0 – 4 years olds with advice on how to keep their children safe around the water; Be a Mermate recognising that young people remain at high risk of drowning with the second highest drowning rate of any age group in WA. Of note, last year saw the highest number of fatal drownings involving young people aged 15-24 years in our state recorded in the past five years; and the recently launched program Make the Right Call for older adults in WA. We know half of all drowning deaths recorded in WA are adults aged 45 years and over. We know that Australians have grown up around water and have their own tips and tricks to stay safe, but anyone can drown, regardless of age, skills or experience. This is an important focus of our current drowning prevention work in WA to increase swimming skills specifically in adults aged 55 years and over by providing swimming lessons in local pools.
The RLSSWA strategic plan aims to ensure all Western Australians have swimming and water safety skills and that no one misses out, as a not-for-profit organisation RLSSWA seeks donations and relies on the generous members of the community to help implement their lifesaving programs for toddlers, children, adolescents and older adults. The funds generously donated to RLSSWA are used to ensure all Western Australians possess water safety, swimming, survival and rescue skills; train lifesavers and first responders in every community; provide infrastructure to ensure safer pools, rivers, lakes and dams; and very important community help grants to support victims and families impacted by a drowning incident.
Finally, RLSSWA has a dedicated aim in the current RLSSWA 2020-2025 strategic plan to provide funding for over 6,000 at-risk children to participate in swimming and water safety programs from the proceeds of our Swim and Survive endowment fund. Any opportunity to increase this fund and ensure children from our most vulnerable communities will receive swimming lessons would be a wonderful outcome.
Further information regarding the organisation can be found at RLSSWA
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