Water safety a priority as holidays approach
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.