Wa­ter safety a pri­or­ity as hol­i­days ap­proach

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BY TATE SPITERI

ST MARY’S Pri­mary School re­cently wel­comed a spe­cial guest from Life Sav­ing victoria (LSV) to teach stu­dents from all three year groups about the im­por­tance of wa­ter safety.

As part of the an­nual one hour ses­sions, stu­dents learnt a num­ber of lessons in­clud­ing CPR, swim­ming tech­niques and dan­ger signs in open wa­ter.

Deputy Prin­ci­pal, Leigh Cor­co­ran said it was es­pe­cially im­por­tant that stu­dents had wa­ter safety in mind at this time of year.

“With sum­mer and the hol­i­days ap­proach­ing, kids are go­ing to be swim­ming, camp­ing and around wa­ter a lot more so it’s just about getting the right mes­sage across,” he said.

Royal Life Sav­ing has also just launched a Keep Watch cam­paign, urg­ing par­ents and car­ers to su­per­vise chil­dren at all times around wa­ter.

“It can only take a few mo­ments for a child to slip away un­no­ticed, fall into the wa­ter and drown,” Justin Scarr, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at Royal Life Sav­ing So­ci­ety – Aus­tralia said.

“Drown­ing is of­ten quick and silent. Dis­trac­tions like brows­ing so­cial me­dia on your phone, at­tend­ing to an­other child, or duck­ing in­side to grab some­thing can have tragic con­se­quences.”

Mr Scarr added that tod­dlers made up 52 per cent of all drown­ing deaths in Victoria.

“It’s im­por­tant for par­ents and car­ers to take ex­tra safety pre­cau­tions. Al­ways keep watch of chil­dren around wa­ter,” he said.

“Reg­u­larly check that your pool fence and gate are in work­ing or­der, and never prop the pool gate open.”

MYRTLE­FORD’S Kus­tom Car Club has given back to the com­mu­nity fol­low­ing a hugely suc­cess­ful “Show and Shine and Swap Meet” last month.

The club pre­sented a $1000 cheque to the L2P driv­ers pro­gram and $250 to the Myrtle­ford Men’s Shed at Ruby’s Take­away on Sun­day morn­ing.

Ste­fan Saric from the Kus­tom Car Club, said that help­ing com­mu­nity groups was some­thing that his club were al­ways keen to do.

“Both those groups are re­ally im­por­tant for our com­mu­nity at two dif­fer­ent ends so we are thrilled to be able to sup­port them,” he added.

“Hope­fully this is some­thing we will be able to do more of as the Show and Shine and Swap Meet con­tin­ues to grow and get big­ger.”

Men’s Shed Pres­i­dent, Kevin Din­neen noted that the do­na­tion was the sec­ond sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion made to the Shed by the Kus­tom Cars Club.

“This will go a long way to im­prov­ing fa­cil­i­ties and ameni­ties at the Shed,” he added.

“I would like to in­vite all mem­bers of the Cars Club to come up to the Men’s Shed to see what we have to of­fer and how we could sup­port or as­sist any of your en­deav­ours go­ing for­ward.”

It is es­ti­mated over 1000 peo­ple at­tended this year’s Show ‘n’ Shine and Swap Meet that in­cluded over 150 cars.

IM­POR­TANT MES­SAGE: St Mary’s grade three and four stu­dents in­volved in the in­ter­ac­tive life­sav­ing ses­sion that came to their school last week.

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