Cause close to Sergeant’s heart

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By DENISE S. CAHILL

CON­STA­BLE Care Child Safety Vol­un­teer of the Year win­ner Mark Gubanyi has do­nated his $1000 prize­money to Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety WA (RLSSWA) and matched it from his own pocket.

Soon after the award changed hands at RLSSWA’s Mt Clare­mont of­fices last Thurs­day, Sergeant Gubanyi passed it on to the or­gan­i­sa­tion where he is am­bas­sador for its Keep Watch tod­dler drown- ing preven­tion pro­gram, along with another $1000.

The York Po­lice of­fi­cer- in­charge also handed over a tin of money he had col­lected from col­leagues the day be­fore.

Sgt Gubanyi joined the pro­gram that pro­motes the im­por­tance of adult su­per­vi­sion of tod­dlers near the wa­ter 13 years ago, two years after his four-yearold daugh­ter drowned in a friend’s back­yard pool, where they were play­ing un­su­per­vised.

He said a par­ent never got over the death of their child.

But dur­ing his in­volve­ment with the child safety awards, it had been great to learn about so many other peo­ple pro­mot­ing child safety.

“I had a per­fect fam­ily and in a split sec­ond that changed,” Sgt Gubanyi said.

“It’s nice to know that with RLSSWA we have been able to work to­wards re­duc­ing tod­dler drown­ing and the trauma.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d425280

Mark Gubanyi is a Con­sta­ble Care Child Safety am­bas­sador to pre­vent tod­dler drown­ing.

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