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Get Your Child In Pictures:
Kid's Life Jacket Program Photo Calendar Contest Ends Soon
ANNAPOLIS, Md., August 27, 2009 – Boaters heading out on the water this Labor Day weekend may need a properly-fitted kid’s life jacket for a young boating guest – and they are in luck. The non-profit BoatUS Foundation offers a no-cost Kid's Life Jacket Loaner Program which gives boaters and parents the opportunity to borrow a children’s life jacket for the day or weekend. And when you stop by one of the 500 locations across the country to pick up a loaner jacket, have your camera ready. The Foundation is looking for photos of kids wearing Loaner Program life jackets. The best photos will be featured in a 2010 calendar. The Foundation will also use some of the images to promote the popular program. Photos can be emailed to Life Jacket Program Manager Alanna Keating at AKeating@BoatUS.com.
“Send us a photo and your child has an opportunity to be a role model for boating safety,” said Keating. “They’ll be helping other kids just like them stay safe on the water. If you submit your entry by September 30th, you’ll also be entered into a drawing to win a free custom photo book,” she added. In November, judges will select the best photos to be featured in the calendar that will be offered for sale on www.BoatUS.com/Foundation . Proceeds from the calendar will help keep this life-saving program afloat.
About the BoatUS Foundation:
The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit education and research organization primarily funded by the voluntary contributions of the 600,000 members of BoatUS. The Foundation operates more than a dozen programs including the only accredited, free, online general boating safety course, a low-cost EPIRB rental program, the “Help Stop the Drops” national clean fueling campaign, and the free kid’s Life Jacket Loaner Program. It has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants for nonprofit groups for boating safety and environmental projects.