Eli starting swimming with the Pecan Grove Piranhas Swim Team in Richmond, TX at the age of six. He will be eleven years old in November as completed over a dozen kid's triathlons and has now completed five adult sprints. He is a passionate athlete and is a competitor. In Eli's own words, "this race is different". He is racing in honor of Joshua and Christian. Twins that lost their lives to drowning at only 13 months of age. Eli doesn't want "one more" kid to drown. Multiple layers of safety is what failed to save the twins. Together with families like the Demello's, Eli wants to support efforts to raise awareness about childhood drownings. Let's join him in stopping childhood drownings!
Did you know that 91 Texas children lost their lives to a fatal drowning last year? Or that 5x as many children survived a non-fatal drowning? We didn't. So far, at least 75 Texas children (just like us) have lost their lives to a fatal drowning! Too many of those have been right here in our community. Drowning is PREVENTABLE, yet drowning is still the #1 CAUSE OF UNINTENTIONAL INJURY-RELATED DEATH for children under 5 and a leading cause for ages 1-14.
As young athletes (who swim...and bike and run), we want to make a difference! Guess, what? You can help us do exactly that. We are participating in the Colin's Hope Kids Triathlon on Sunday, August 25th. Over 400 of us will swim, bike and run to raise funds and awareness for drowning prevention and Colin's Hope. To learn more about how Colin's Hope is preventing drowning you can view Our Story on Facebook or YouTube.
We are TRI-ing to honor and celebrate all the children who have lost their lives to a fatal drowning or who have survived a non-fatal drowning. You can learn more about their stories here. When you read about all the children who have tragically drowned and see their faces, we know you'll want to help.
Will you please pledge your support for all of the amazing Colin's Hope Kids Triathletes and for drowning prevention by making a donation of any amount to this Colin's Hope Kids Tri Team Pledge Page. We have a goal to raise at least $15,000! It is a big goal, but we know that we can do it together! Every dollar raised means drownings prevented and lives saved. These funds will will allow more preschool children to receive swim safety classes and swim lessons, more families to receive water safety education and life jacket loaner stations at area lakes to be re-stocked. Thank you for your donation and for sharing our vision of a world where children do not drown.
Wait! We also challenge you to see how much you know about water safety by doing these two things:
Take and share the Colin's Hope Water Safety Quiz at www.colinshope.org/quiz
Talk to your kids, friends and family about water safety and changing behaviors to be safer around water.
Thank you again for supporting our efforts. We are proud to be Athlete Ambassadors for water safety and drowning prevention for the Colin's Hope Kids Triathlon. Thank you for cheering us on to make a difference. And, as Colin used to say, Have the "Best Day Ever"!
|TONY CLEAVER||08/24/2019||$50.00||Thank you, Eli, for putting others first. We love you. NaNa and TonTon||Karen Kirk||08/22/2019||$25.00||Great work Eli!||Kay Pate||08/20/2019||$165.00||❤||Lisa Krabbenhoft||08/20/2019||$25.00||Brandie Cleaver||08/19/2019||$10.00||Let's go Tri Duck! Make Mom proud!|