Bambigi means to swim in Wiradjuri, Griffith's traditional Aboriginal language. The Bambigi program aims to get Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids in the Griffith region into swimming lessons.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people drown at 4.4 times the rate of the general population. Teaching our kids to swim will give them a skill that could save their lives!
In the Griffith region one swimming lesson generally costs over $14. So many kids swim in dangerous channels or never learn to swim.
We started raising money in 2018, hoping to get 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids into swimming lessons. We raised enough to get 36 through six months of lessons and we aim to do even more in 2019.
The Bambigi Program was the brainchild of Piper Stewart. She is a 13 year old Aboriginal girl living in Griffith, NSW. Piper and her brother love to swim and are members of the Griffith Swim Club. They travel to regional swim competitions regularly and noticed there are only a few Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids from Griffith who compete.
Piper heard her mum talk about how much swim lessons and competitions cost and realised many Aboriginal families could not afford this. So she decided she wanted to help.
In addition to this Go Fund Me page Piper has developed partnerships with local pools, spent weekends selling raffles tickets, chocolates and come up with a bucket load of other fundraising ideas. Check out our website www.bambigi.com or follow us on Facebook for updates.
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