Update on the Red Duck Splash 2015

22 September 2015

Good news - the Red Duck Splash 2015 has been extended until the end of October.

Royal Life Saving Society WA is partnering with SIDS and Kids to host the inaugural Red Duck Splash.

The event aims to raise funds for the provision of bereavement services to those affected by the drowning death or serious drowning-related injury of a child.  Although Royal Life Saving’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.

Royal Life Saving Society WA Health Promotion and 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 organisation 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.

To participate please visit the Red Duck Splash 2015 fundraising page.

Hear more about the event from CEO Peter Leaversuch and Health Promotion and Research Senior Manager Lauren Nimmo.