Water-safety campaign launched

2016-03-23 06:00
Photo: supplied Lifeguards demonstrate CPR, EAR and rescue techniques.

Photo: supplied Lifeguards demonstrate CPR, EAR and rescue techniques.

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ON 15 March the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture embarked on Save-A-Life-A-Day Campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle, educate and create awareness with regards to multiple disciplines - CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation), EAR (expired air resuscitation) and water safety in order for communities to be water wise.

The first event was held at Umlazi G swimming pool in District 6 and eight schools participated and four buses were provided to them.

“This campaign promoted a healthy lifestyle, social cohesion and career development as well as water safety. The school children competed in 100m, 200m and 500m swimming events,” said Welcome Kweyama.

“Sharks Board donated R500 towards catering for school children and Sharks Board employee Swelihle Ndlovu gave a water safety talk and Nhla-Dlamini Ngcoya gave a HIV-talk,” he said.

Old Mutual, Fast Track Surf Lifesaving Club and Tiger Fam dance group was also invited and Nelly Hlongwane and Snamile Ndlovu from Old Mutual did a lucky draw and two guests won gift bags.

“Fast Track Surf Lifesaving Club and Reunion Aquatics Club members were lifeguarding the children who were swimming and demonstrated how to carry out CPR, Ear and rescue techniques,” Kweyama said.

Water-safety pamphlets were also issued to educate the children about staying safe around water facilities. The Tiger Fam dancers sang and danced at the event.

The department thanked role players, District 6 pool attendants and supervisors, Sisanda Medical Services, Durban Tourism, lifeguards, Dlamini-Ngcoya, municipal management from pools section and office staff who supported the event.

“A special thank you and congratulations to Phillip Mpungose, District 6 superintendent and Mthetheleli Kweyama the event programme director for putting everything together and ensuring its success. We hope that this event will be ongoing and keep educating our children, especially in previously disadvantaged communities,” Kweyama said. - Supplied.

This campaign promoted a healthy lifestyle, social cohesion and career
development as well as water safety

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