“A Chance for Children”

“A Chance for Children”

Children’s Book by Dr. Avramidis inspired by the Creator of Baywatch   Greece, April 23, 2016: “A Chance for Children” (ACFC) is the name of the new children’s book and program that may be used internationally during the International Water Safety Day, created by Dr Stathis Avramidis and inspired by true events from the life of Greg Bonann and Tai Collins, the creator and screen-writer respectively of Baywatch.   THE REAL ACFC In 1992, Greg Bonann, Gold Medallion recipient by the International Swimming Hall of Fame who is best known by his world success TV series “Baywatch”, co-founded “Camp Baywatch” to help inner-city children have a second chance in life. His efforts would not be possible if Tai Collins, screen-writer of Baywatch and a very decorated person, would not have added her long experience in similar missions. When the TV series “Baywatch” ended, there was a need to change the name to reflect more on the work that this camp did to children. Thus, “A Chance for Children Foundation” was born. Until today, it continues to help thousands of children in USA and other countries.   THE AUTHOR In 2009 and in 2012, Dr. Stathis Avramidis from Greece, was honored by the International Swimming Hall of Fame, “for his outstanding contributions to lifeguarding and water safety worldwide“. Avramidis is one of the most dedicated and decorated water safety advocates and one of the most prolific authors in the world. His constant and warm communication with Bonann since 2010, inspired Stathi to adapt a fairy tale book that had started a little while after the establishment of “Camp Baywatch”, while...
Be Water Aware

Be Water Aware

United Kingdom: Today marks the beginning of the Chief Fire Officers Association’s (CFOA) Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week! The campaign, ‘Be Water Aware’, will raise awareness all week long of the dangers of being near water. They’ve targeted specific groups, such as runners and walkers, due to finding that 44% of people that drown in the UK had no intention of actually being in water.  We sometimes always focus our attention on activities in and on the water yet the data for the UK shows that people doing every day activities construe a large percentage of their annual drowning victims. Universal data classification and collection is of the utmost importance in the drowning prevention fight.  Dozens of countries have little to no drowning data.  This targeted campaign is a testament to how proper data collection can turn the tide against drowning. The UK recently created and launched the UK’s first Drowning Prevention Strategy, supported by the World Health Organization.  The Drowning Prevention Strategy was developed by several associations that make up the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF). Their goal is simple: reduce the number of drownings in the UK by 50% by 2026. Dawn Whittaker, the CFOA lead for Drowning Prevention and Water Safety, said: “Fire Services frequently have large bodies of water in their communities – in rivers, canals, reservoirs, dis-used quarry sites or indeed on the coast – which form an important part of their community risk assessments.” Fire and rescue services, 52 in total, will be participating in organized events, providing water safety information to local communities throughout the week. You can find out more information on their website,...