Princess Charlene Foundation launches anti-drowning drive in Cape Town

Photo: Eric Mathon and Gaetan Luci/Palais Princier
Photo: Eric Mathon and Gaetan Luci/Palais Princier

The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is partnering with Cape Town to implement community-based programmes that will help save lives and prevent drowning deaths.

Princess Charlene met the city’s Mayor Patricia de Lille recently to discuss the new initiative that will focus on communities that are at a high-risk for drowning.

Training will take place in the ocean and tide pools, rather than swimming pools, and will include courses on water safety tips, first aid and CPR to help create a safer environment for all Cape Town residents.

The programme will be implemented in partnership with Lifesaving SA and will focus on children, in line with the goals of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, which works with children around the world to cut the number of deaths by drowning worldwide.

Mayor De Lille said: “I wish to thank the Princess for helping us as the City of Cape Town administration to build a caring city. This initiative will assist in saving lives on our beaches and pools.”

“The mission of the Foundation is to save as many lives as possible through education, CPR and water safety,” said HSH Princess Charlene. With the support of local and national governments we can make this more accessible to a wider audience. One person, one family, one community at a time.”

The Princess is currently in Los Angeles, where she was expected to attend an event with Paramount Pictures last night, and then will accompany HSH Prince Albert to the Princess Grace Gala Awards this evening.

Article first published October 25, 2017.


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