Farmer AutoVillage group managing director Mike Farmer confirmed that throughout March $100 from every new Nissan purchased would go toward the sponsored swimming initiative. Ten dollars from every wheel alignment headed the same way.
BaySwim manager Matthew Strange says, thanks to such community generosity, 24 pre-schoolers now stand to benefit from the sponsored swimming. Each sponsored child will receive weekly swimming lessons until the end of the year, which also include water skills/safety, plus unlimited free access to Bay Venues community pools for them, and a caregiver.
“We just want to get kids in the water learning this essential skill, and we’re thrilled the community is backing our goal of providing this opportunity for these children to develop alongside their peers,” Matthew says.
The children are being selected by Salvation Army Tauranga Community Ministries through their community support programmes and is supported by swimming New Zealand.
Tauranga Community Ministries manager Davina Plummer says the opportunity to be involved in sport was something many families used to take for granted. But, with the increase in rental and food costs, this is no longer the case, and swimming lessons are now a luxury for some families. She has high praise for BaySwim’s sponsorship idea.
Mike Farmer says it’s a “fabulous” initiative to be involved with.
“We are 110 per cent behind making this successful.
“Obviously there are safety benefits, but it goes well beyond that to include socialisation for children, and for their parents pool-side. The social and health benefits are huge - sometimes better behaviour among the children is also a bi-product. We are proud to be involved.”