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‘Swim-a-thon’ raises funds, awareness about water safety

Posted: 4:53 AM, Jun 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-06 05:53:08-04

This Saturday at the Natatorium, the Veterans Memorial Swim and Dive team and a few swimmers from Ray High School will be putting on a swim-a-thon, or ‘swim raiser’, for Colin’s Hope. 

Colin was a 4-year old boy who drowned in a public swimming pool in Austin, TX. Colin’s Hope  is a non-profit geared to educating the community about drowning prevention and water safety. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control , drowning is the leading cause of injury for children between the ages of 1 and 14. 

Every swimmer this Saturday will swim in remembrance of a child who has drowned. Junior Veterans Memorial swimmer, Brandon Cayce, says he is swimming for twins, Connor and Devin, who drowned in a backyard swimming pool due to lack of supervision. Brandon hopes to raise $400 and intends to swim 10,000 yards, which is 400 laps, for the Swim Raiser. 

All of the money raised will go straight to Colin’s Hope in buying life jackets, providing swim lessons and spreading awareness about water safety. In 2017, Colin’s Hope gave 5,440 swims lessons, donated 250 life jackets to loaner stations at area lakes, helped implement the Colin’s Hope Preschool Swim Safety Program in one city, and much more.

To donate to the swim raiser, visit  colinshope.z2systems.com/VMHS

The Swim-A-Thon will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Corpus Christi Natatorium, Saturday June 9th.