Wendy’s, Marco’s and Popeyes donate $30,000 to Let’s Swim Bahamas
As Let’s Swim Bahamas (LSB) Learn to Swim Program moves into its 11th year, Wendy’s, Marco’s Pizza and Popeyes have collectively increased their support and commitment to the cause.
The Let’s Swim Bahamas program now works with 10 government primary schools, with Thelma Gibson Primary being involved in the program from the beginning.
Since September, Thelma Gibson had five students complete the Swim America Award of Achievement Certificate, which required them to swim a 300-meter (m) freestyle event, a 100m backstroke and a 100m individual medley (IM), showing that they had endurance and could swim all four of the competitive strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle).
The LSB program covers three areas that are all focused on saving Bahamian youth. The first aspect of the program teaches Bible scripture verses. The second aspect teaches the students how to swim, which can save them from drowning, open opportunities for employment-involving water and allow them to personally be able to view the country’s marine life. Thirdly, the program encompasses water safety, as learning to swim and water safety go hand-in-hand.
“We have seen numerous examples where the lack of basic water safety knowledge has had tragic results,” said Andy Knowles, director of the program.
Wendy’s, Marco’s Pizza and Popeyes’ new commitment to the program and its future was demonstrated by a kind contribution of 30,000 water safety coloring books, branded pool drawstring bags for each student and classroom posters at a cost of $30,000.
“They have been our most faithful corporate sponsor, and Let’s Swim Bahamas is very grateful for their support,” said Knowles. “Let’s Swim Bahamas is on a path to give swimming lessons to every government primary school student in New Providence within the next eight years, and with 10 schools already in the program, we are excited about reaching our goal.”
The program is active at the St. Andrew’s and University of The Bahamas (UB) swimming pools, and is in operation from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. four mornings per week. Presently, coaches in the program are working with five government schools.