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The start of a legacy: the Princess Charlene Foundation celebrates 5th anniversary

Back in the pool for the launch of the US branch of Princess Charlene’s foundation in 2016! © Getty/Palais PrincierAccording to the World Health Organisation, one person drowns every 85 seconds and many of the victims are children. As a former Olympic swimmer who often talks of her love of the water, this statistic has had a profound effect on Princess Charlene. Since launching a foundation in her own name in December 2012, Monaco’s South African princess has worked tirelessly in Europe, on her native continent and around the world to ‘combat this scourge’.

“My foundation is dedicated to saving lives,” says Princess Charlene. “In the Learn to Swim and Water Safety programmes, my foundation teaches school-age children swimming and water safety skills, and trains by-standers in safe rescue and resuscitation.”

Over the last five years, her foundation has developed nearly 150 projects across 33 countries and brought water safety skills and initiatives to more than 410,000 children and adults. The activities of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation continue in 2018 with the inauguration of the Aquatic Rescue Centre in Burkina Faso among many other imminent projects.