80 Kids in Nelson Tasman to receive sponsored lessons through local partnerships.
06 August 2019
SwimMagic at Richmond Aquatic Centre have partnered with local businesses, Nelson Building Society (NBS Bank) and Raeward Fresh to deliver the SwimMagic Learn to Swim programme to 80 local school age children in terms 3 and 4 at the Richmond Aquatic Centre.
SwimMagic swim school see that not everybody in the community can afford learn to swim lessons so took the initiative to approach local businesses to sponsor children that would not normally have the opportunity to receive swimming lessons.
NBS very generously sponsored 70 children and Raeward Fresh Richmond came along with another 10.
The children have already started their term 3 lessons, with most children coming from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Nelson programme. “We offered it out to the Tamariki that are on our programme and everyone who wanted to take up the opportunity have been enrolled and started classes”, says Chelsea Routhan, Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Nelson. “They can’t believe that they can do it because so often this is something that is out of reach for these children, but keeping them safe and having confidence in the water is such an important thing in this beautiful natural playground that is Nelson Tasman”. Additional lessons were put out to the community and those who held a valid Community Services Card were able to apply for the lessons through an online application.
Gareth and Laura Caldwell, from Raeward Fresh, have their own children doing swimming classes at the Aquatic Centre and they were keen to provide this opportunity to others. “We have a really good relationship with these guys and they asked if we wanted to be a part of it, and for us, it was a nice thing that we were able to help the kids”.
Raeward Fresh is responsible for the sponsorship of 10 children and the NBS Bank for the other 70 children. Howie Timms is the commercial manager at the NBS Bank and supports the initiative. “When they approached us about sponsoring this activity it was a pretty easy thing to get behind” he says. “Supporting 70 kids learning to swim over two terms is such a great initiative and we are happy to be involved.”
At the end of each term of sponsored lessons a fun celebration and education evening will be held with a focus on water safety for the children and their families. These session will provide education on how to keep themselves safe in, on and around the water, including how to tread water, put on a lifejacket correctly and skills to keep them safe if they find themselves in a difficult situation whilst enjoying all the beautiful waterways our region offers. This will also be an opportunity for the sponsors to come celebrate with the children, hear about their term of lessons and get involved in the fun water safety session.
SwimMagic are hoping more local buisnesses will get on board with Sponsored lesssons as it's all about locals supporting fellow locals. If you or your business would like to consider sponsoring local chisldren with learn to swim lessons please get in touch with us, you can find out more on our website here.