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Sebastian Ferrero Foundation Continues Support of Community Child Safety Programs

Swim for Safety event provides free swim classes for Gainesville children age 6 months - 12 years old

GAINESVILLE, Fla., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sebastian Ferrero Foundation is partnering with The Swim Squad and Sun Country Sports Center to provide over 300 local children the opportunity to receive free swim lessons on Saturday, June 6, 2009. The Swim for Safety event is part of an ongoing initiative coordinated by the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation to promote and facilitate child safety programs in the community.

Sun Country Sports Center will be unveiling their brand new aquatic facility featuring a 75' x 31' pool to host the event from 9AM to 5PM on June 6, 2009. Jodi Bennett, manager of Sun Country Sports Center, commented, "We are so excited to be teaming up with the Foundation again. Their advocacy for child safety and their initiative to build a full-service, state-of-the-art children's hospital in Gainesville are goals we support 100%."

Jordan Meher, Aquatics Director of The Swim Squad, a local provider of at-home swimming lessons explains, "For every child who drowns, four are hospitalized and sixteen receive emergency room care for near-drowning." The Foundation is currently leading a partnership of community foundations in support of a dedicated pediatric emergency room at UF & Shands.

While the majority of the Foundation's programs relate to child patient safety, the Swim for Safety event is a fun, interactive way to extend the mission of educating our community and keeping our children safe. "Part of our mission, from day one, was to educate and empower parents," said Horst Ferrero, co-founder of the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation. "By partnering with community organizations and businesses, we are able to educate the community in yet another way that will impact the safety of our children."

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About the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation

Horst and Luisa Ferrero created the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation in honor of their son Sebastian, a happy and healthy three-year-old boy who died in October 2007 as a result of a series of medical mistakes at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. The Foundation's mission is to advocate and fundraise for a full-service children's hospital in Gainesville, Florida while promoting excellence in patient safety and insuring that all families are treated with compassion, courtesy and dignity.

The Foundation recently received the Cheers Award, a national award recognizing individuals, organizations and companies that have set a superlative standard of excellence in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events, from the Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP).

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