Aberdeen (Cults) Brownies launch local RNLI youth group water safety programme
2nd Cults Brownies came to Aberdeen Lifeboat Station this evening to mark the extension of the RNLI's water safety education programme to local youth groups
While schools have modern IT facilities, few youth groups have such equipment. Aberdeen RNLI issued an appeal for the donation of a projector to assist Mr Begg’s work – and ExxonMobil responded within hours of receiving the request.
Margaret Rogacki, ExxonMobil’s UK Joint Interest Asset Manager, presented the projector and said: “ExxonMobil is a proud supporter of the RNLI in Aberdeen and we are pleased that this simple gift has the potential to save many lives. Communicating the RNLI’s water safety messages to young people plays a vital role in keeping this age group safe. Tragically, many young lives are still cut short through accidents around water, and so we hope the expansion of Ian Begg’s work with the RNLI can reduce the number of deaths by teaching more young people how to take care of themselves around water.”
Local Brownies from 2nd Cults were instrumental in revealing the need. Three of their girls - Poppy, Rachel and Sophie - were invited to Aberdeen Lifeboat Station for the presentation – before Ian Begg takes the campaign's message to the pack in the next few weeks.
2nd Cults Brownie leader Judith Wallace says: “Being a Brownie is an adventurous journey, but it has to be a safe one. It’s wonderful that the RNLI is going to be able to extend the reach of its ‘Respect the Water’ safety campaign to youth organisations, and I’m thrilled that 2nd Cults Brownies will be the first to benefit. And of course the girls were over the moon to be invited to the Lifeboat Station for the launch!”
Youth group leaders who would like Ian Begg to bring the RNLI’s ‘Respect the Water’ safety presentation to their group are invited to contact Ian Begg at firstname.lastname@example.org
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