05 Mar 2018
Cure Kids Fiji is the official charity of Ocean Swim Fiji and while our event is about enjoying sport and relaxation with fellow swimmers, we also strive to make a positive and lasting impact on the Fijian community.
Drowning is one of Fiji’s leading causes of death, especially for young people aged 1 to 29 years as low-income island nations are at particularly high risk. In 2018, we will be donating a minimum of FJD$10,000 to Cure Kids Fiji to assist efforts to reduce this worrying drowning toll.
Cure Kids Fiji works to improve the health of the children in Fiji through research and evidence-based child health programmes. Working together, Ocean Swim Fiji and Cure Kids Fiji plan to make a difference in the lives and health of Fijian youth.
While in Fiji, we will be holding a special clinic for young Fijian pool-swimmers at Natadola Beach on the Coral Coast to teach them about beach safety and ocean swimming. 80 swimmers will be invited to get tips from our open water swimming specialists Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid, Dan Abel, and Andre Slade.
When you register for Ocean Swim Fiji, you will have the opportunity to make a cash donation towards Cure Kids Fiji and this cause.
We are collecting swim gear to donate as well. If you have any spare swim gear lying around, be it a pair of togs you only used once, extra goggles, flippers, hand paddles, pull buoys, or kick boards, we would love to get them to the kids in Fiji. Throw them in your suitcase if you’re coming to Fiji or join the NZ Ocean Swimming Community Facebook Group to keep up to date with this activity and let’s make a positive impact together through our passion for ocean swimming.
(Image courtesy of the Fiji Swimming Association)