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Drowning Risks for Autistic Individuals: Making a Splash to Prevent Tragedy

As carers and parents of autistic children, we’re keenly aware of their unique challenges. Recent statistics reveal a troubling trend: drowning is a leading cause of death among children with autism and disabled individuals. Specifically, wandering-related drowning incidents contribute significantly to these tragic deaths, emphasising the necessity for proactive safety measures. With troubling stats like this it is imperative we take measures to reduce the drowning risks for autistic individuals.

Embracing Opportunity: The 16th Annual Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim

Amidst challenges, the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim stands as a beacon of hope, offering children safe water experiences. Scheduled for February 18th, 2024, this event partners with Rainbow Club, supporting children with disabilities through swimming across NSW, ACT, and QLD. Moreover, Rainbow Club’s commitment, supported by NDIS Provider status and the Swim the Rainbow program, ensures a fun and secure environment where children of all abilities can thrive.

Child in an orange swim cap and yellow rash vest. Drowning Risks for Autistic Individuals: Making a Splash to Prevent Tragedy
Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim shines as a beacon of hope.

Inclusive Participation: Welcoming All Ages and Abilities

Against the stunning backdrop of Malabar Bay, nearly 2000 swimmers are gearing up to participate in various distances. What sets this event apart is its unwavering commitment to inclusion. Regardless of our children’s unique needs and challenges, there’s a place for them at the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim.

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Reducing the Drowning Risks for Autistic Individuals

As carers and parents, we recognise the transformative power of swimming. Not only is it recreational, but also a life-saving skill. Thanks to initiatives like the Rainbow Club, our children receive tailored swimming lessons, water safety training, and social participation opportunities.

Supporting Affordability and Enriching Lives

Moreover, Rainbow Club’s fundraising efforts ensure affordability, making swimming accessible to all children with disabilities. With over 50 years of positive outcomes, Rainbow Club continues to enrich the lives of children, showcasing their abilities and fostering a sense of belonging in a supportive community. Through inclusive events and weekly support for families, Rainbow Club fosters confidence and social interaction, emphasizing individualized care through the Swim the Rainbow program.

Joining the Movement: Participating and Supporting the Cause

For carers and parents interested in participating or supporting the cause, registration and further information are available on the event’s website. Together, let’s make waves, celebrate our children’s abilities, and create unforgettable memories at Malabar Beach.

Event Details:

  • Date: Sunday, February 18th, 2024
  • 5km swim: 8 am start
  • 2.5km swim: 9 am start
  • Rainbow Club Splash and Dash: 10:15 am
  • 1km swim: 11 am start
  • Location: Malabar Beach, Fisherman’s Road Malabar

To learn more about the Rainbow Club and its initiatives, visit www.myrainbowclub.org.au

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