Cause close to Sergeant’s heart
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.”
Mark Gubanyi is a Constable Care Child Safety ambassador to prevent toddler drowning.