As a part of our Reconciliation Action Plan, Royal Life Saving are committed to strengthening our relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and have taken an important step by partnering with KARI Foundation.
KARI Foundation offers a range of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people connecting Community to opportunity. By partnering with KARI, our ultimate goal is to reduce drowning in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (First Nations) communities by:
Increasing opportunities for participation in Swimming and Lifesaving activities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
Increasing opportunities for training and employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities within the aquatic industry
Support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families following a drowning incident
Support organisational objectives through the sharing of mutually beneficial relationships
In partnership, we will learn about each other’s shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and each other.
Together, KARI and Royal Life Saving will cooperatively seek, apply for and manage Grant Opportunities that support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.
Royal Life Saving will facilitate the delivery and/or coordination of Swimming, Lifesaving and Employment programs between the Aquatic Industry and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. Royal Life Saving will also engage with KARI Foundation for Cultural Awareness Training opportunities for our staff to further strengthen relationships and our connection to the community.
Craig Robert, General Manager, Drowning Prevention and Education said “Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people are largely overrepresented in our drowning rates in NSW. Royal Life Saving see the partnership with KARI Foundation as an important step to reduce drownings in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. We are committed to expanding our presence and resources though our education, swimming and Lifesaving programs.”