STATION 20 SHELLY BEACH:
The volunteer WaterWise team of Instructors from Station 20 visited the Rehoboth Children’s Village at Murchison near Port Shepstone on Thursday this week. The village is home to 54 orphan children. The team was approached by Diane Wallace, an educator at the village, to present a water safety workshop to 28 children aged 8 to 17 years and 10 house mothers who are responsible for the children on a daily basis.
“Some of our older children can swim but we needed to make sure that they and the others, and specifically the house mums, are aware of the dangers of being around water and know what to do in an emergency”, she said.
Audrey de Jager, the WaterWise coordinator at the station, supported by John and Cathy Rolt, Charmaine and Matthew Strydom and trainee Reeve Frost, took the group through the PLAN, HHH and bystander CPR protocols as well showing them how to make improvised throw bags.
“It was really useful information and helpful that the course was presented here,” Diane said as the team left the village. She also indicated that she would arrange for the children to visit the rescue base so they could experience first-hand what it is that sea rescue volunteers do.