Thank you so much to all the agencies and individuals who helped us to make tonight’s vigil possible.
Just Against Children Drowning Foundation, Inc., and our Coalition would like to raise awareness about children drowning. We held a butterfly release ceremony and a 1-2 mile candlelit beach walk to remember the 80 children who have lost their lives due to drowning in Florida in 2017 and the 13 month old twins, Joshua and Christian, who lost their lives eight years ago.
We will not stop until we achieve and sustain ZERO DROWNING rate.
Thank you so much to the following organizations and individuals for helping us to make today’s vigil beautiful and memorable:
NCH Healthcare System
North Collier Fire Rescue District
Florida Department of Health (DOH) – Collier
Cone 06 Pottery Painting Studio
Collier County Sheriff’s Office
Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida
Naples, Florida – River Park Aquatics
Special Olympics Florida – Collier County
Swimtastic Swim School – Naples
Stew Leonard III Children’s Charities
Naples Pilot Foundation, Inc.
We are asking all homeowners, apartment communities, pool stores, realtors, homeowners associations and rental homeowners to provide important information about drowning prevention. Please implement the layers of protection: supervision, swimming lessons, barriers (door and window alarms/pool fences) and know how to respond/provide CPR in the case of emergency to prevent future drowning tragedies in Collier County. Drowning deaths are 100% preventable and can happen to anyone all year around.
IF YOUR CHILD IS MISSING, CHECK NEARBY POOLS and OTHER WATER AREAS FIRST.