The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club donated $300 to Swim Florida in honor of the Florida Kiwanis initiative Every Child A Swimmer. The Every Child A Swimmer program is a “learn-to-swim and water safety” project where the mission is to reduce the number of child deaths from drowning by teaching them water safety and swimming basics.
Swim Florida applied the money to the “Littlestone Foundation” to help support children between the ages of four to ten that complete the weeklong no-charge SEALS safety program and are still in need of swim lessons, but cannot afford them. “It is with the generosity of the community and the continued programs such as Kiwanis’ Every Child a Swimmer, that helps keep the children in our community safe,” said Swim Florida Coach Mac Kennedy.
According to the Center for Disease Control, Florida loses more children under age five to drowning than any other state. In 2013, Florida had the highest unintentional drowning rate in the nation for the one to four year old age group with a drowning rate of 7.54 per 100,000 population. Florida had the second highest drowning rate in the nation for the one to 14 year old age group with a drowning rate of 2.54 per 100,000 population.
The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club is looking for more service-minded individuals and business professionals who would like to make a direct impact on the community through volunteering. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in Fort Myers. For details on joining the Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club, please call club president Heather Chouinard at (239) 332-4440 or email Heather.Chouinard@IBERIABANK.com. The Metro-McGregor Kiwanis Club can be found on Facebook or online at www.metro-mcgregor.com.