Losing child to drowning causes mother to teach others to swim

Losing child to drowning causes mother to teach others to swim

A young mother lost her child to drowning and now she is ensuring that no other woman goes through the same pain by empowering kids to learn how to swim. 

Kirsty Doig
Kirsty Doig/ Supplied by Beautiful News

Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths, states the World Health Organization

One woman who lost her child to drowning is Darcey Elizabeth Sunshine Doig. 

The young mother says she lost her three-year-old daughter in 2020. 

Following the traumatic and heartbreaking experience, Doig took it upon herself to empower children by teaching them how to swim. 

She started the Darcey Sunshine Foundation to keep her daughter’s legacy alive, states Beautiful News. Her foundation empowers young ones in Helderberg in the Western Cape. It began during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“We’ve endured a heartbreaking loss, and I wouldn’t want anyone else to suffer what we’ve been through,"  she told Beautiful News. 

Doig says she believes all children should be taught to swim. 

 “Learning to swim shouldn’t just be another sports activity or a hobby. It’s a necessity," she told the publication.  

She says her foundation has given her a sense of purpose. 

. “To be able to give that joy to other children does a lot for my heart and its healing. Reaching more children every year is going to be our mission going forward,” Doig said. 

“All I really want is to give children the chance to feel safe and secure in water,” she concludes. 

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