Posted on 27 Apr 2016
Dozens of local youth will have the opportunity to participate in a special needs nipper’s education program thanks to a donation of over $5,500 from the Slater and Gordon Community Fund.
Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club Director of Surf Sports John Hagan said the education program will offer youth the opportunity to participate in a specialised junior life saving program for the first time.
“We are extremely grateful for the donation from Slater and Gordon which will help us purchase tailored equipment for children with physical and intellectual disability including rescue boards, tubes and floatation devices,” Mr Hagan said.
“The Seahorse Nippers Program focuses on vital water safety and lifesaving skills with the aim of enhancing the students’ knowledge and understanding of different aquatic environments.
“Education is the key to preventing deadly accidents in and around the water and this program will provide children with vital safe water practices and basic first aid skills.”
Slater and Gordon Queensland General Manager Karen Simpson said the Community Fund was created to support organisations that promote participation and inclusion in the community.
“The Seahorse Nippers Program is a fantastic initiative and we’re very proud to help extend the program to local youth with disabilities for the first time,” Ms Simpson said.
“Other pilot disability programs that have been rolled out in surf lifesaving clubs across Australia have been met with resounding success and community support and we’re hoping for similar success in Raby Bay.
“The benefits of inclusive community programs for children with disabilities are incalculable and I congratulate Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club for facilitating such a great initiative.”
The pilot program will be delivered in partnership with the Coochiemudlo Island Surf Life Saving Club and will include 15 youth between the ages of 5 and 13 years.
Slater and Gordon’s Community Fund was sourced from the firm’s Staff Giving Program which provides employees of the firm with the opportunity to donate a portion of their wages.
The firm also contributes money towards the fund, with organisations able to apply for a grant ranging between $2,500 and a maximum of $10,000.
The fund supports community initiatives which help people with disease or disability, promote healthy living for young people, or address inequality and the disadvantaged.
For more information about participating in the Seahorse Nippers Program, please visit the Facebook page ‘Seahorse Nippers – Redlands’ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.