Saving lives a ‘stroke’ at a time

2016-02-16 06:00
Mike and Dominique Donner Rodd of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation with Margaret Hirsch. Photo: supplied

Mike and Dominique Donner Rodd of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation with Margaret Hirsch. Photo: supplied

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THE Midmar Mile was this past weekend and among the thousands of participants from around the country, there was 20 swimmers who pledged to swim eight miles to raise awareness and funds (a minimum of R10 000) for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.

The mission of the foundation is to provide and promote water safety and drowning-prevention education for children and their families. Drowning is the biggest cause of unnatural deaths in children and the foundation’s mission is to make a global impact on drowning statistics.

The foundation collaborates with schools to implement water safety education and increase access to swim lessons. Another mission of the foundation is “education through sport”.

In 2015, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa impacted over 40 000 children in KZN and Eden Park (Western Cape) and is hoping to reach 150 000 children in 2016.

One of the swimmers is ex-national triathlete, Dominique Donner Rodd, project manager for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation (office in Ballito, where it run its local initiatives).

Rodd was sponsored by Hirsch’s chief operations executive, Margaret Hirsch, who was once a competitive swimmer and feels strongly about helping children to learn to swim considering the number of drownings in the country.

“Margaret has generously sponsored me R10 000 which will be used to fund an ongoing learn-to-swim programme during 2016 for children in the Shakashead community.

“60 children are attending weekly classes at the Princess Charlene Pool in Ballito and the foundation recently acquired a bus to transport the children to and from the swimming pool. The foundation also provides the children with lunch,” said Rodd.

If you would like to know more about the foundation and how you can help, contact Rodd on 032 946 5925.

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