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This is the 5th Annual Twin Tot Walk and Vigil to remember the 44 children who have lost their lives due to drowning in Collier County since 2000, the 80 children who have lost their lives due to drowning in Florida in 2017 and to the 13-month-old twins, Joshua and Christian, who lost their lives due to drowning eight years ago. This event wants to raise awareness about children drowning.
Just Against Children Drowning, and The NCH Safe and Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County organizations will hold a butterfly release ceremony and a 1- to 2-mile candlelit beach walk on Vanderbilt Beach.
These organizations 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. Parents, when it comes to your children, you are responsible in preventing tragedy from occurring.
According to the Florida Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, drowning is the leading cause of death among children ages 1-4 in Florida. Florida’s drowning death rate among children ages 1-4 is the highest in the nation. Collier County had 3 children; under of the age of 5, drown in 2017.
For more information, contact Paula DiGrigoli at (239) 537-3436
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