Swim to Survive in Vietnam 2017
A group of seven SLSGB volunteers’ lifesavers will be heading out to Hue in Vietnam on Thursday for a few weeks to help teach disadvantage children and adults in and around the coastline of Vietnam on how to be safe by the sea. They are using their own funds to support this project also, sharing their skills, knowledge and strengths to others.
We will be working in partnership with Graham Buckley director of Help Hue, which already provide free swimming lessons for the most disadvantaged children, who are living in precarious housing in flood prone areas where flooding is extremely common. They teach children how to swim in local environments- rivers, lagoon and in the sea.
Our aim is to deliver free workshops of rescue skills- how to assist those who are in trouble and introducing lifesaving sport. Creating a better understanding, safer attitudes and adding the sport element which will improve their skills and wellbeing.
In Vietnam drowning truly is a public health issue, many local people are not aware of its magnitude. Even in situations where people are knowledgeable about the reality of the problem, they don’t necessarily know how to prevent drowning or assist those who are in trouble. Because of this swimming programs are now being set up and offered to children in some areas to help eliminate preventable drowning, however more help is needed and there is still much to do!
We did a similar project out in Cape Town South Africa, which was very rewarding and something that we loved doing and we can’t wait to do it again in Vietnam.
A big thank you to Braunton local businesses for the raffle prizes and to other lifesavers for donating their unwanted costumes and googles also, we have had great financial support from WSLSC, Tim Coventry and SLSGB, which will help towards transfers to difference locations, translators and equipment.
The team that are traveling:
Tracy and Richard Lark
Summer, Nalani, Hannah and Jason Whiteley
Bazza- Harry Halsey
Watch out for our next blog
Below is a picture of the suitcase full of the donated swimming costumes and goggles. Thank you to anyone who donated them!
WSLSC annual quiz night was the place to see be on Saturday 18th March. With St.Johns Garden Centre generously allowing the club to use its restaurant as the venue, Quiz Master Scott Pirie had a full house of teams to challenge
The night was an amazing success and great fun for all, there was event a few correctly answered questions by the final round
Organiser Nicola Oliver is pleased to confirm that £900 was raised for the club all thanks to participants and contributors generosity!
Both Nicola and the committee would like to say a huge thank you to all who came along and a special thank you to Mike Horstead for the fabulous food, St.Johns for the venue, Scott Pirie for Quizzing and the Bar staff and point scorers
See you next year
In addition to the Quiz there was a fanastic raffle, proceeds from this have been donated to Swim To Survive - Vietnam. Look out for the BLOG posts from the team of Woolacombe SLSC members travelling to Vietnam to promote and teach water safety
If you won a raffle prize you'll know how special the prizes were, the team would like to say a massive thank you to all the businesses who made this happen
Gulf Stream Surf Boards
No Sweat Outdoors
Pure Skin & Beauty
Offshore Blooms Florist
West Cross Garage
Hands On Clinic
Wild Thyme Cafe
Louise Thompson Art
The Frame Shop
£173 Was raised for Swim To Survive and will be used for Interpretor and travel costs
Many thanks again
A team of 27 WLSLC Youth & Senior members took to the pool at North Devon Leisure Centre today (Sunday 12th March) to contest the Devon Lifesaving Stillwater Championships
From first time competitors to experienced contenders Woolacombes team was full of talent, sporting attitude and most of all team spirit
After a day of racing with Saunton Sands, Bideford Bay & Teignmouth clubs the team achieved some amazing results winning 24 Gold, 21 Silver and 19 Bronze individual medals and also winning 11 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze team relay medals!
In 3 events Woolacombe athletes won ALL the Gold medals available - Manikin Carry with fins, Manikin Relay & Obstacle Relay
Saunton Sands 435pts
Bideford Bay 221pts
A massive congratulations to all the athletes, you did your club proud....now on to the nationals!
Over the last few weeks the club have been delighted to receive several generous donations from local businesses
Brewer Harding & Rowe who made a significant contribution in 2016 will continue to support the club as the Kit sponsor for 2017 and have donated a significant cash sum to club funds
The second company to support the club is Howdens Joinery. Both Ilfracombe & Barnstaple branches have supported WSLSC with cash sums totalling £300
These contributions help us to compete, train lifeguards, teach lifesaving skills and keep North Devons beaches safe!
The club committee...and I'm sure all members would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all who support Woolacombe Surf Lifesaving Club
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