WaterWise Instructor Marcus Oshry reports:
I have been a WaterWise instructor for a good few years now, as well as a Sea Rescue volunteer, and I was on my way to my last WaterWise Workshop through the township called Gelvandale which has been in the news quite a lot recently with its gang violence in and around the schools. Gelvandale High School has had shootings at the school as well as gang members marching onto the school campus to cause trouble. This is a school that I have been closely connected to with regards to WaterWise. This is not the only school affected and I have spoken at other schools in other areas which have been in the middle of trouble.
It is crazy to imagine that as someone who is trying to save children’s lives, by imparting knowledge about safety, that I have to choose my schools where there is no gang violence, protests or shootings! However, having the stage or a classes attention, gives me the opportunity to try and save these children’s lives. Because of the troubles they are currently facing, I have changed my workshops ever so slightly to incorporate safety not only in and around water but to suggest other important safety within their everyday lives which can be applied to water safety and visa versa.
Whether I save a child from drowning, living a life of gangsterism or even a stray bullet, I have still saved their life and knowing that what I speak to them about achieves this is what motivates me to carry on doing what we do.
WaterWise Instructor Marcus Oshry is sponsored by TNPA