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Harcourts Foundation builds Kiwi kids confidence in the water

By Jade Hawkins on July 10, 2016

Community Swim group

Improving water safety skills and confidence is crucial for Kiwi kids – and they’re being given a huge boost by the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation.

A donation from Harcourts New Zealand, through the Harcourts Foundation will go toward replacing well-used and now worn-out life jackets for school pupils taking part in Find Your Field of Dreams’ flagship Community Swim programme.

John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation general manager Rick Pickard says the programme provides essential water safety skills to more than 20,000 students from south and east Auckland every year.

Children participating in the programme are picked up from their school in the Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation buses, dropped at their local Auckland Council pool for their half-hour lesson, and then delivered back to school.

“We are really dependent on organisation such as the Harcourts Foundation when it comes to keeping all our equipment up to date and safe to use.

“Equipment like these life jackets is so essential to what we do in the swim programme and they have a hard life being worn by lots of pupils.”

Acting general manager of Harcourts NZ, Gabrielle Ellett says it is extremely satisfying to see how the Harcourts Foundation is helping out community groups such as the Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation who are working incredibly hard to make a difference in the community.

“Water safety is such a crucial issue for New Zealanders. It is fantastic to see how Find Your Field of Dreams are really helping out kids who may otherwise miss out on an essential part of a Kiwi education.”

As well as the Community Swim programme, the John Walker Find Your Field of Dreams Foundation also runs a range of other programmes all aimed at engaging young Aucklanders with sport and recreation activities.

Harcourts Foundation Ambassador Emma Revell says no matter what the cause, the Harcourts Foundation provides support to hundreds of organisations, enriching the lives of thousands of people in our communities.

Community swim presentation