Statement from HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco - Day of the African Child - Friday 16 June 2017

« (…) As Patron of the South African Red Cross Society, I am promoting water safety and learning to swim, as well as first aid and CPR training - for children and by children. (…)

In 2012, I set up my Foundation to teach children essential water safety skills and how to swim and so far we’ve reached over 300,000 people, mainly children, in 30 countries. (…)

For as Nelson Mandela reminded us in 1995, “Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people”. (…)

On this Day of the African Child, as we celebrate the joy, laughter and future of our precious children, I urge the world’s governments to put water safety and the elimination of drowning on the development agenda. If countries, NGOs, and international bodies join forces, drowning need no longer be a silent killer, whether in Africa or elsewhere. Together we can save lives. (…)”

For the whole statement from HSH Princess Charlene, see the press release.