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GREAT LAKES SURF RESCUE PROJECT's Fundraiser:

Water Safety School Curriculum

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BENEFITING: GREAT LAKES SURF RESCUE PROJECT

EVENT DATE: Aug 31, 2016

THE STORY:

Please support the GLSRP's efforts for a Water Safety School Curriculum! 

DID YOU KNOW THAT:

  • Drowning likely kills more school-aged children each year than fires, tornadoes, school shooters, and earthquakes – COMBINED?
  • Schools have fire drills, tornado drills, active shooter drills, and some even have earthquake drills, but very few have any water safety education?
  • Drowning is a nationwide and worldwide epidemic?
  • There’s little to no water safety education in schools?

THE BIG PICTURE OF DROWNING

According to the World Health Organization, drowning continues to be a neglected public health issue.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) statistics, drowning is the:

  • Leading cause of accidental injury death for children 1-4
  • 2nd leading cause for children 1-14
  • 5th leading cause for the entire nation
  • 3rd leading cause worldwide

The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP) wants to change that.  The GLSRP is leading the call for a Water Safety School Curriculum for elementary, junior high, high school students, the parents of each age group, and instructors of the curriculum to directly address the drowning epidemic.

Drowning is preventable through education.  You can help us save more lives by supporting this fundraiser for a Water Safety School Curriculum.

ABOUT THE GREAT LAKES SURF RESCUE PROJECT

The GLSRP is about saving lives.  It is a nonprofit 501c3 corporation that is a Chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA).

The GLSRP:

  • Tracks the Great Lakes drowning statistics (446+ since 2010)
  • Performs “Great Lakes Water Safety” presentations (Over 210 since 2010)
  • Hosts Open Water Surf Lifeguard in-service training
  • Works with family and friends of Great Lakes drowning victims to advocate water safety

Mission: To eradicate drownings by being the leader of Great Lakes water safety by providing training, public preparedness, and public awareness.

Vision: Everyone in the Great Lakes region, nationwide and worldwide, is knowledgeable, engaged, and proactive in water safety with an emphasis on the Great Lakes Region.

In 2010 the GLSRP began tracking drownings in the Great Lakes (446+ and counting).  Since 2011, the GLSRP has taught over 210 “Great Lakes Water Safety” presentations in seven of the eight Great Lakes states.

The GLSRP is in the process of transforming its “Great Lakes Water Safety” curriculum into a “Water Safety School Curriculum”.  The GLSRP already has pilot schools identified in six of the eight Great Lakes states for the school curriculum and more schools interested in signing on.  Once the curriculum is successfully launched in the Great Lakes region, then it can become a national model.

WHAT’S MISSING?  YOUR HELP!

The only thing that is missing for the Water Safety School Curriculum is funding (funding for the production of videos, animation, instructional booklets, coloring booklets, testing materials, and “Train the Trainer” programs).

The executive directors of the GLSRP, Bob Pratt and Dave Benjamin, have been working together educating the public for over five years without a salary, without an hourly paycheck, sometimes paying their own travel expenses in an effort to save lives on the Great Lakes. (Executive directors may or may not receive a daily stipend when performing school presentations.)

With very little funding, the GLSRP has:

  • The GLSRP has performed over 485 Great Lakes Water Safety presentations in 7 of the 8 Great Lakes states
  • April 21, 2017 – GLSRP Executive Director, Bob Pratt, presented, “Trends in Lifeguarding – Innovative Ways to Save Lives” at the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium’s Annual Conference in Sheboygan, WI.
  • April 20, 2017 – GLSRP Executive Director, Dave Benjamin, presented, “Compassionately Addressing the Stigma of Drowning” at the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium’s Annual Conference in Sheboygan, WI.
  • April 12, 2017 – GLSRP Executive Director, Dave Benjamin, presented, “Compassionately Addressing the Stigma of Drowning” at the National Drowning Prevention Alliance’s (NDPA) Annual Conference.
  • April 12, 2017 – GLSPR Board Member, John Kocher and his wife Kathy, received the National Drowning Prevention Alliance’s “Lifesaver of the Year Award” for their water safety advocacy after losing their son, Matthew, 15, in a Lake Michigan rip current
  • April 28, 2016 – GLSRP Executive Director, Dave Benjamin, received the “2016 Supporter of the Year” award presented by the nonprofit, ‘Because I said I would’Won a 2016 NDPA Community Lifesaver of the Year Award 
  • April 28, 2016 – GLSRP Board Member, John Kocher and his wife Kathy, received the “2016 Supporter of the Year” award presented by the nonprofit, ‘Because I said I would’
  • April 22, 2016 – The GLSRP performed the Keynote Speech and also presented “The Vicious Cycle of the Drowning Epidemic – The Need for a Water Safety School Curriculum” at the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Conference in Grand Haven, MI
  • April 22, 2016 – GLSRP Board Member, John Kocher, presented about the loss of his son, Matthew, during the “Story Telling” segment at the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Conference in Grand Haven, MI
  • April 19, 2016 – The GLSRP performed the Keynote Speech and also presented “The Vicious Cycle of the Drowning Epidemic – The Need for a Water Safety School Curriculum” at the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Conference in Cleveland, OH
  • April 19, 2016 – GLSRP Board Member, Melissa Zirkle, won the 2016 Super hero of the Year award presented by the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium
  • April 19, 2016 – GLSRP Board Member, Melissa Zirkle, presented about the loss of her son, Jermaine, during the “Story Telling” segment at the Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium Conference in Cleveland, OH
  • March 31, 2016 – Presented “The Vicious Cycle of the Drowning Epidemic – The Need for a Water Safety School Curriculum” at the NDPA’s Annual Educational Conference in Mesa, AZ
  • March 29, 2016 – The GLSRP received a 2016 NDPA Community Lifesaver Award
  • March 29, 2016 – The GLSRP received a 2016 NDPA Community Lifesaver Award
  • March 29, 2016 – John Kocher, GLSRP Board Member, his wife Kathy received a 2016 NDPA Community Lifesaver Award Winner
  • May 6, 2015 – Presented at Great Lakes Beach Hazards and Water Safety Conference in Gaylord, MI
  • April 21, 2015 – Co-Hosted and Presented at the Great Lakes Beach Hazards Water Safety Conference in Michigan City, IN
  • March 12, 2015 – Melissa Zirkle, GLSRP Board Member, won the 2015 NDPA National Lifesaver of the Year Award Winner
  • March 14, 2013 – Presented at the NDPA’s Symposium in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • November 1, 2012 – Presented at the 2nd International Rip Current Symposium  in Sydney, Australia
  • September 3, 2012 – Winner of the “Outstanding Service to the Great Lakes Community” award presented by the Dairyland Surf Classic
  • March 9, 2012 – Presented at the NDPA’s 11th Annual Symposium in San Diego, CA
  • March 8, 2012 – GLSRP Executive Director, Bob Pratt, “National Lifesaver of the Year”award winner

With your help, the eradication of drowning is possible!

YOUR DONATION WILL FUND:

  • The production of instructional materials, videos, and booklets
  • Family swimming abilities survey
  • Pretest – To determine current knowledge about water safety, rip currents and rip current survival strategies
  • Posttest – To determine that the knowledge of the presentation was understood and easily retained
  • Training booklet – to complement presentation and to educate parents
  • Videos Water safety and rip current videos
  • Understanding beach signage
  • Basic rescue
  • Copyright and Trademarks of created materials

OBJECTIVES OF WATER SAFETY SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Students in each target group will be able to:

  • Understand that drowning is a leading cause of injury and death
  • Understand the dangers around pools, rivers, lakes, Great Lakes, and oceans
  • Assess their current swimming abilities and ability to float
  • Understand the Instinctive Drowning Response
  • Know the signs of drowning (Hollywood Version vs. Actual Version)
  • Understand how, where, and why waves occur on the Great Lakes and oceans
  • Understand how, where, and why dangerous currents occur on the Great Lakes and oceans
  • Recall, illustrate, and demonstrate rip current survival strategies

DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$3,739

MONEY RAISED
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  • Michelle Klubnik Radke

    $100

  • Dave Benjamin

    $50

  • Leslie Maclin

    $500

  • Kathleen & Craig Long

    $50

  • Boogers Surf Crew

    $20

  • Joseph Hayman

    $50

  • Third Coast Surf Shop

    $200

  • Saeth

     

  • Lifeguards Without Borders

    $100

  • Baby Skye

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Dawn Weaver

    $10

  • Quandrel Liggans

    $14

  • Ian, Kathy & Maddie Shires

    $20

  • Kristy's Kritters

    $100

  • Schantz family

    $20

  • Tim & Jeanna Fisher

    $20

  • Connie Manypenny

     

  • Susan Och

    $20

  • Amanda Bye

    $25

  • Sandi Sohl

    $10

  • Todd Fillingham

     

  • Heidi & Marty Sytsema family

    $50

  • In Loving Memory of Aaron Davies

    $10

  • Dana Schenk

    $20

  • Jamie Racklyeft

    $50

  • Heinz Family

    $10

  • Lynn Szoka

    $25

  • Demshar Eaton CPA, Inc.

    $1,000

  • Christian and Teresa Anderson

    $25

  • Laurie Boyden

    $25

  • Karl Pearson

    $500

  • Wendy Kane-Burkhard

    $50

  • The Jewett Family

    $100

  • Buzz

    $100

  • Remembering Alex

    $10

  • Matt

    $20

  • Nichole

    $20

  • Kris W

     

  • Karl Pearson

    $250

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2% Raised of $200,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $3,739 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

GREAT LAKES SURF RESCUE PROJECT

Amount Raised

$1,395

 

1% Raised of $200,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

In Memory of Jermaine Zirkle

Amount Raised

$1,324

 

132% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Leslie Maclin

Amount Raised

$550

Fundraiser Title

Dave Benjamin

Amount Raised

$290

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Michelle Klubnik Radke

Amount Raised

$100

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Susan Och

Amount Raised

$70

 

7% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Remembering Alex

Amount Raised

$10

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Kate Pikaart

Amount Raised

$0

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Karl Pearson

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Nichole

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Matt

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Remembering Alex

Remembering Alex

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In loving memory of Alex Christopher. 3 years ago

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You are doing great work. 3 years ago

The Jewett Family

The Jewett Family

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Wendy Kane-Burkhard

Wendy Kane-Burkhard

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