As a local club we meet every Thursday and are trying to get into the local community to raise awareness of drowning prevention. With 561 people drowning in the UK in 2013
The Sensory Tree are a local charity set up to help children with special needs, the location of the event was at Southwater Junior School and the day included fun things for the children to do. Activities on offer included decorating cupcakes and bouncy castles. Our stand was free of charge since we offered our assistance in the setting up and dismantling of the event. On our display we had a mock up incident which consisted of aids and skis. As well as having many of the RLSS Drowning Prevention Week (DPW) materials we had some of our own leaflets to try and promote the Club in Southwater. In addition to these materials we had experiments which highlighted the difficulty of getting out of quick sand and what happens to muscles when they come in contact with ice cold water. Throughout the day we were selling DPW shopping trolley key rings which were bought from the RLSS and sold at a profit. Thanks to Dean Wright we were able to sell 32 of these which gave us a £10 profit which is going towards new equipment for the Club members to use.
Club members lead by James held assemblies at Millais School and Tanbridge House School across two weeks they presented to over 2000 pupils. The presentation consist of Drowning statics and also the 'Filing up film' which can be seen here We also offered GCSE PE students the option of Life Saving as one of there 4 sports that they have to choose.
As part of the Drowning Prevention Week (DPW) which is the annual campaign by the RLSS to reduce the amount of drownings, our Club organized a stand to promote both DPW and the work of our Club. The DPW packs that we had been supplied with by the RLSS contained balloons and on this day we must have given away in the region of 250 balloons which in turn spread the word about the campaign. As this event was inside we had the use of power, we set up a monitor and laptop and were showing the ‘filling up’ film and an animation provided by the RLSS as well as a homemade video with some drowning facts included. Throughout the day we were giving out SAFE leaflets and leaflets about joining our Club, but also thanks to Lee Wright we have been signed up to Recycle 4 Charity which means members of the public or the Club can recycle their inkjet printer cartridge and generate money for us. These free post envelopes were given out by Lee in an attempt to raise funds towards our new equipment.
This was a Horsham District Council organized event at which local clubs, services and emergency services come together and engage with the public. This well attended event was the last we attended during the summer and it was true to say it was our best yet. Having spotted we weren’t in the best location just before the event kicked off we changed spaces. By doing this we were located more in the centre and had members of the public passing our stand. We had a rope throw contest in which members of the public could participate and win free paintballing, the winning score was 105. Due to the extra room we had we were able to space out our stand and include even more information than we had before. We handed out 100 ‘Save a Baby’s Life’ leaflets which encourage people to come to the Club and learn the skills to save a baby’s life.