Princess Charlene attends Sandton function to promote water safety
A cocktail was function held in Sandton, Johannesburg, on April 21, 2017, aimed to publicise the need to increase our awareness of water safety and the danger of death from drowning. The event was hosted by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, which tirelessly promotes increased consciousness of the danger of death by drowning, the third most common cause of accidental death around the world. The Foundation was established not only to enhance public awareness of this major threat to public health and safety but also to teach children to swim and to equip them with effective safety and preventive techniques. Princess Caroline personally addressed her guests at the function, summarising the mission of the Foundation for an audience that included leading South African personalities as well as some of the country’s most prominent athletes.
Water safety and the future of South Africa
A very important point was made by Gavin Varejes, chairman of Richmark Holdings and president of the Foundation in South Africa, when he highlighted the increased risk of death by drowning among children in marginalised or poorer areas. Varejes pointed out that since South Africa’s future depends on the ability of its children to live healthy and fruitful lives, the project of preventing needless deaths from drowning is vital for the whole country in the years ahead. Princess Charlene observed that the vital work of teaching water safety can be successfully done simply by working with one individual, one family, one neighbourhood at a time and building from there.
During her trip to South Africa Princess Charlene also made a return visit to Gugulesizwe Primary School to see how the now-thriving vegetable garden that she donated to the school in 2012 is now helping to sustain the local community.
Gavin Varejes is the CEO of Richmark Holdings LTD and the President of SARLA (South African Rugby Legends association)