Casino busi­ness pays for kids’ swim lessons

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THERE is no deny­ing that Rich­mond Dairies is com­mu­nity-fo­cused.

The Casino-based or­gan­i­sa­tion reg­u­larly spon­sors lo­cal com­mu­nity events such as Beef Week, as well as help­ing nur­ture lo­cal tal­ent in the Bent­ley Art Prize, Casino High School’s agri­cul­ture pro­gram and spon­sor­ing a South­ern Cross Univer­sity schol­ar­ship.

The busi­ness has stepped up again by help­ing fund the Casino West Pub­lic School’s swim­ming lessons for vul­ner­a­ble pupils,

Swim­ming lessons for more than 16 pupils were spon­sored by the com­pany, en­abling the young chil­dren to im­prove their swim­ming and wa­ter safety skills.

The pupils learnt a range of life-sav­ing skills, in­clud­ing how to float on their backs and how to kick prop­erly.

Casino West pupil Hunter said: “I can now float on my back and do a safety slide be­cause I have done these swim­ming lessons.”

Shakyianah said: “I couldn’t swim when I was lit­tle but now I can swim near the deep end.

“I can do the dog pad­dle and I can do sculling in my swim­ming.

“I feel happy that I can swim. At the shal­low end I can say what the num­bers are un­der the wa­ter.”

Keira said that be­fore the lessons she was not con­fi­dent to swim in the deep end.

“I can do it now my swim­ming in­struc­tor helped me with things I couldn’t do.

“She taught me how to do back sculling.

“My swim­ming in­struc­tor made it fun as well as learn­ing.

“I feel kind of con­fi­dent now that I can do the things I could not do.”

Casino West Pub­lic School teacher Donna Wilder said the school was very grate­ful to the so­cial com­mit­tee from Rich­mond Dairies for fund­ing the in­ten­sive swim­ming pro­gram, which helps pupils learn how to swim safely while pro­mot­ing “healthy, ac­tive life­styles and im­proved well­be­ing”.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

HELP­ING SAVE LIVES: Rich­mond Dairies has funded swim­ming lessons for Casino West Pub­lic School pupils.

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