On Wednesday the 26th of July 2017 Princess Charlene of Monaco was appointed as South Africa’s Patron of Lifesaving. Dylan Tommy, President of Lifesaving South Africa and Gavin Varejes, President of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation in SA spoke at the event which was held at the prestigious Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga, Durban. It was attended by Princess Charlene’s brother Gareth Wittstock and several South African sports legends like the rugby player ‘Beast’ Tendai Mtawarira and surfing legends Pat Flanagan and Shaun Tomson.
Her Serene Highness is Passionate About Water Safety
Princess Charlene of Monaco is an avid swimmer with over 20 years’ experience in the water. She represented South Africa in the Olympic Games and established the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation. Since it was founded in 2012 the foundation has reached more than 300,000 people around the world and has become well-known for teaching children how to swim and the essentials of water safety. Princess Charlene said that she is grateful for the honour of being named South Africa’s Patron of Lifesaving by an association that is also passionate about preventing deaths by drowning.
Dylan Tommy Thanks Princess Charlene and Gavin Varejes
During the course of the evening Gavin Varejes announced that the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation in SA will be donating 200 rescue boards to Lifesaving SA. Generously backed by by Cell C and Richmark Holdings, the donation is valued at over R2 million. Lifesaving SA President Dylan Tommy thanked Princess Charlene and Gavin Varejes for their valued contribution to improving Lifesaving in South Africa as a social endeavour, and as a sport. Princess Charlene was described as an inspiration to the global community when it comes to water safety and education. Varejes is known for his generous support of sport in South Africa through organisations like SA Surfing Legends and SA Rugby Legends.