Swim for Fruit

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The Go for 2&5 Regional and Remote Aboriginal Communities Swimming Program (Swim for Fruit) provides support for an after school and weekend lap swimming program and expands on the school-based Swim and Survive program in regional and remote Aboriginal communities.

Healthway is the major supporter of the Swim for Fruit program in Western Australia, and has been working together with Royal Life Saving WA since 2009 to ensure children across regional WA have an opportunity to improve their swimming and water safety skills and learn about the importance of eating more fruit and vegetables through the Go for 2&5 program. The program has enabled Royal Life Saving WA to offer pool-based activities that encourage physical activity and promote healthy lifestyle habits.

Aboriginal Australians also have higher disease and death rates, and are 3.6 times more likely to drown than non-Aboriginal Australians. The Swim for Fruit program aims to address this by providing swimming and water safety education and encouraging healthy eating. Children who complete a set number of laps or other aquatic challenges in a session are rewarded with an afternoon tea of fresh fruit and healthy treats.

Regular participation in sport and recreation helps build stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities. Providing opportunities for expansion of the school-based Swim and Survive program aims to create direct links to increase participation in aquatic based sports such as water polo, competitive swimming, aqua aerobics and pool lifesaving.

Swim for Fruit currently runs in the below locations (with more being added):
  • Kimberley Region: Kununurra, Wyndham, Bidyadanga, Warmun, Broome, Fitzroy Crossing, Balgo, Kalumburu and Halls Creek
  • Pilbara Region: Wickham, Roebourne, Tom Price, Newman, South Hedland, Marble Bar, Jigalong and Yandeyarra
  • Mid West Region: Geraldton and Wiluna
  • Goldfields Region: Leonora, Kambalda, Warburton and Coolgardie
  • Gascoyne Region: Burringurrah and Carnarvon


If you would like more information about the Go for 2&5 Swim for Fruit program, please contact Rochelle Graham on (08) 9383 8200, or complete the form below.


 

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Two Carnarvon kids floating with a giant inflatable swim ring

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The Swim for Fruit program has been gaining traction in more regional and remote WA communities, from Kununurra in the north to Carnarvon in the west!

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two young Aboriginal boys at the Warburton pool

Warburton community laps up Swim for Fruit program

Children in the Warburton community have immersed themselves in all the activities the Swim for Fruit program offers, getting a daily dose of physical activity and healthy snacks!

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