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Urgent appeal for aid after Pakistan flood disaster

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ASA supports children’s aid organisation UNICEF in sending an urgent appeal to help raise money for the nine million children affected by flooding in Pakistan.

As you may have seen in the media, heavy monsoon rain has devastated the northern regions of Pakistan, submerging entire villages and leaving an estimated 2,000 people dead.

Diseases are rife amongst those left homeless by the floods with stagnating water and high temperatures aiding the spread of malaria, cholera and acute diarrhoea.

Today ASA Chief Operating Officer Jane Nickerson called on all people with a love of swimming to support the appeal to aid the victims of the flood.

She said: “All of us at the ASA have been saddened to hear the stories emerging from Pakistan and details that at least 1,600 people have been killed and entire villages have been swept away as a result of the floods.

“It has been particularly poignant for the swimming family to see images of adults and children wading back and forth through shoulder-high water, sometimes getting into difficulty and needing rescuing. Millions of people have been affected and many are in urgent need of food, fresh water and shelter.

“This is why the ASA is backing the UNICEF appeal for donations.”

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How Can You Help?

UNICEF and the ASA are asking swimming clubs around the country to raise at least £100 for the appeal. If each club succeeds, over £140,000 would be raised for the children of Pakistan.

Your pool could organise a fundraising event – it could be anything from a pool party to a simple collection.

To support you with your fundraising we have lots of fundraising materials available including collecting tins, posters, leaflets, and balloons.

An information sheet can be downloaded here


Clubs can also download an emergency fundraising pack from our website www.unicef.org.uk/emergencyfundraising or order one by calling our Helpdesk on 0844 801 2414.

Picture courtesy of UNICEF:  © UNICEF/NYHQ2010-1557/ZAK

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In British Swimming you will find information about the world of high performance sport, including the disciplines of Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Para-Swimming.

The ASA is the governing body for the sport in England. In this section you will find all you need to know about joining a club or competing in England and becoming a swimming teacher or coach.

The IoS delivers the ASA’s courses and is a member organisation. Whether you are a teacher, coach, employer or club you will find everything you need to know about qualifications or educating your workforce.

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