Posted by John Schorr on Sep 29, 2019
Chiang Mai International Rotary Club (CMIRC)-Kru Payu and Safe Child Thailand Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program 
Sponsored By CMIRC, The Swiss Lanna Society, The Safe Child Thailand Foundation, Australian Direct Aid Program, and the British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy

September was a busy month for the CMIRC Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program; school is in session, so we had swim programs going in Chiang Mai, Phrao, plus a swim instructor training program in Phuket.
                         
Swiss Lanna Society Chiang Mai
The Swiss Lanna Society-funded CMIRC Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program in Chiang Mai is under way.  With Swiss Lanna Society help we have already taught 90 municipal school 4th-graders survival swimming and water safety at our home facility at Bronco Kids Sports Center.  After the October school break, we will be back in the water with 60 more children! Special thanks to Swiss Lanna Society members Eveline and Heinz Willi (pictured at right) for support.  Swiss Lanna Society members Herbert, Esther (pictured below), and Manuela helped distribute Swiss red caps on the last day of class for one of their sponsored groups.

British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy
The Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program in Phrao this year is being sponsored by the British Community in Thailand Foundation for the Needy (BCTFN).  (U.K. national P. Colin at right with new publicity sign). We have already conducted three swim programs for the 4th-graders at the Ban Chaeng Khu Ruang School (ร.ร.บ้านแจ่งกู่เรือง) in August and September, with about 90 children completing the course. We plan classes for another 90 children when the school break ends in late October.  In Phrao, we organize the survival swimming and water safety courses with our partner organization, the Warm Heart Foundation. This year we plan to find a way to include the 40 students boarding at the Warm Heart Foundation foster care/dormitory facility in our survival swimming program.

Chiang Mai, CMIRC-Sponsored Program
The CMIRC-sponsored Children’s Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Program classes will start in the spring this year.  Because we have had so many generous donors this year, we are planning expansions in our Northern Thai program.

Patong Beach
The Rotary Club of Patong Beach (RCoPB) Larry Amsden Swim Safe Programme, under the leadership of program chair, Johan Storck, participated in the swim teacher training program conducted September 12 to 16 when Eve Fraser and her trainer-volunteers from the Oz Swim Aquatics/Global Swim Aquatics provided Australian Swim Coaches and Teachers Association international certification-level courses for our Larry Amsden Swim Safe Programme team in Patong Beach. The program was conducted at the J.D. Pool facility in Phuket owned by the Past President of the Rotary Club of Andaman.  
 
Australian Direct Aid Program Grant
On September 26, we submitted our final report for the 2018-2019 Australian Aid Direct Aid Grant.  With their help we taught almost 250 children survival swimming and water safety.  THANK YOU Australian Embassy in Thailand for your help!!!
 
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