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Princess Charlene makes a splash in Cape Town

With the summer season on the horizon and the associated increase in drowning incidence, The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is partnering with the City of Cape Town to implement community-based programmes that will help save lives and prevent fatalities from drowning.
Princess Charlene of Monaco and Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille
Princess Charlene of Monaco and Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille

Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene has a special place in her heart for Cape Town, which is why she met with Mayor Patricia de Lille recently to discuss this exciting new initiative. It will focus on communities that are a high risk for drowning and use natural resources such as the ocean and tide pools to teach community members how to swim.

The courses will also include water safety tips and even first aid and CPR to create a safer environment for all Capetonians. The programme, which will be implemented in partnership with Lifesaving SA, will focus on children, in line with the goals of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, which works with children across the world on issues around water safety.

Saving lives on beaches and in pools

"I wish to thank the princess for helping us as the City of Cape Town administration to build a caring city. This initiative will assist in saving lives on our beaches and pools,” says De Lille.

The foundation was founded in 2013 by HSH Princess Charlene with the aim of saving lives through water safety initiatives. The Cape Town programme adds on to the extensive work done by the foundation in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

“The mission of the foundation is to save as many lives as possible through education, CPR and water safety. With the support of local and national governments we can make this more accessible to a wider audience. One person, one family, one community at a time,” comments HSH Princess Charlene.

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