Western Sydney

Busways Supports Swimming NSW Initiative

07 Nov 2014

Busways along with Emerton Leisure Centre were proud to support a Swimming NSW initiative for a second year in a row, which aimed to create opportunities for local Indigenous children to participate in swimming and water safety lessons with qualified instructors.

Kerrie-Anne Anstis, Indigenous Participation Program Coordinator for Swimming NSW contacted Busways for assistance in providing a means of transport for the students of Wingarra Aboriginal Preschool. “The wonderful feedback and support we received after the program has promoted us to do it again this year. Many children miss out on learning how to swim and do not have a means for transport, we would like to make sure these wonderful children do not” said Kerrie-Anne.

Busways was happy to supply a bus for children to take part in a fun 8 day program which was subsidised by Emerton Leisure Centre. Students were taught basic swimming skills, water awareness and survival skills which greatly improved their confidence.

The program was a success and students who were able to take away a valuable life skill. “My son Cooper really enjoyed the two weeks and was still keen to go swimming again the following Monday. The skills he learnt and the confidence he obtained over the fortnight has increased his knowledge” said Hector Terare (parent).

Charlene Palaiyan, Early Childhood Teacher at Wingarra Aboriginal Preschool were very appreciative of the support. "A big thank you to Busways for providing the transport for our preschool to attend Emerton Leisure Centre last month so that we could attend swimming lessons. We could not have participated without your assistance. The children all had a wonderful time."