Australia Swims not only gets millions of Australians into the water, but its marquee events are also having a positive ripple effect overseas.
One of the major charities supported by the Rotary Club of Brighton’s Swimland Great Australia Day Swim, is Swim Vietnam.
Alarmingly, eight children drown in the Asian nation every day and it’s the major cause of juvenile deaths.
With more than $15,000 donated to this important cause last year and approximately $50,000 over the past five years, the Rotary Club is hoping to raise an even higher figure this year when the event takes place on Saturday 26 January at Middle Brighton beach in Victoria.
Just last year nearly 1,000 Vietnamese children learnt to swim thanks to the longstanding relationship, with Swim Vietnam conducting programs to teach water safety and awareness, while also being able to train swimming teachers.
GADS Chairman Stuart McIntyre said he was proud of the work his club is doing via the Swimland Great Australia Day Swim to support Swim Vietnam and other charities.
“Through the support of Paul Sadler Swimland, other sponsors and our entry fees, we’ve been able to raise substantial support for Rotary charities over the past nine years,” McIntyre said.
“We are also proud of our efforts to enhance swimming skills amongst Australian Juniors. Paul believes that until you’ve had exposure to open water conditions with a bit of swell, you’re not a completely competent swimmer, so he has a lot of passion and enthusiasm for our Junior Dash event.”
“We’d love to see as many people as possible come down and support the event again this year.”
Looking ahead, Swim Vietnam plans to teach an additional 1,500-1,700 children to swim in the next six months and train another 100 swim teachers in water safety and swimming across the region.
For event details and to register for GADS, click here.
If you would like to donate or find out more about Swim Vietnam, you can visit its website.