Red Duck Splash 2015

4 September 2015

Do you love to make a splash?  Well September is your month!  Royal Life Saving Society WA is partnering with SIDS and Kids to host the inaugural Red Duck Splash throughout September.

The event aims to raise funds for the provision of bereavement services to those affected by the drowning death or near drowning of a child.  Although RLSSWA's programs have seen a significant reduction in the number of drowning incidents in WA, over the past 10 years 58 children under the age of 14 have drowned, while over 400 have been admitted to hospital following a non-fatal drowning incident.  Many of these children now live with the lifelong consequences of serious brain injury.

RLSSWA Health Promotion & Research Manager Lauren Nimmo says "These incidents are often sudden, unexpected and deeply traumatising for surviving family members, friends and witnesses.  Many don't know where to find information or support to help them cope during this difficult time."

SIDS and Kids is the only organization that specializes in bereavement and support services for those who experience the loss of a child, which makes them the ideal partner to provide assistance for those affected by childhood drownings.

Red Duck Splash encourages swimming clubs, businesses, families and individuals to raise funds for the provision of these vital services by collecting sponsorship through a water-based event anytime in September.  You can find a list of suggested activities in our Red Duck Splash Packs, which are available from Royal Life Saving Society WA.

For more details call 9383 8200 or go online to Swim and Survive