The C.L.A.Y. Foundation To Debut at National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) Symposium; New Foundation Focused on Educating Parents and Caregivers

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The C.L.A.Y. Foundation is pleased to announce the official debut of its four core initiatives and one very special program – all aimed at better educating and preparing people to help decrease drownings. The Foundation was inspired by Clay Metro, a near-drowning victim when he was three years old.

C.L.A.Y. Foundation educates parents on drowning prevention

We hope to work together with other organizations to stop this national epidemic.

The C.L.A.Y. Foundation is pleased to announce the official debut of its four core initiatives and one very special program – all aimed at better educating and preparing people to help decrease drownings. The Foundation was inspired by Clay Metro, a near-drowning victim when he was three years old. The four initiatives are:

C - CPR- C.L.A.Y. hosts free CPR training at elementary schools and private homes.
L - Learn to Float- C.L.A.Y. advocates for a FloatFirstTM approach to swimming and provides scholarships to underprivileged children 6 months – 4 years.
A - AED-C.L.A.Y. partners with organizations that advocate for AED accessibility.
Y - Year Round Warm Water Swim Facility: C.L.A.Y. Foundation’s long term goal is to build a swim facility dedicated to teaching children to float.

“We’re thrilled to be able to formally launch The C.L.A.Y. Foundation to the drowning awareness community and the general public’” said Laura Metro, Founder of The C.L.A.Y. Foundation. “We hope to work together with other organizations to stop this national epidemic.”

The C.L.A.Y. Foundation was started after the near death drowning of then three-year-old Clay Metro. “We’re are a swimming family. I had no idea drowning was so fast and silent. I never thought it could happen to us,” said Laura Metro, mother of drowning survivor, Clay Metro and Founder of The C.L.A.Y. Foundation. “Since’s Clay’s accident we’ve learned about this national epidemic of child drowning. I knew I had to do something to stop this.”

The C.L.A.Y. Foundation will also debut Maison’s Place. Maison is Clay’s big sister and was six years old when Clay nearly died by drowning. Often, brothers and sisters of drowning victims find themselves lost and underrepresented in the aftermath. Maison’s Place is where ONLY siblings of drowning victims can display artwork that represents their feelings about the incident.

“Maison saw Clay at the bottom of the pool and witnessed us arrive on the scene – it shattered her world,” said Matt Metro, Father of Clay and Maison Metro and C.L.A.Y. Foundation Board Member. , “When a child drowns, a family drowns and The C.L.A.Y. Foundation would like to help change that.”

The C.L.A.Y Foundation will debut its four core program elements and special program, this month at the NDPA’s 12th Annual Symposium, March 13 – 15, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. C.L.A.Y, an exhibitor at the symposium, will have representative’s available onsite to discuss one-hour CPR courses, swim scholarships, and the partnership possibilities.

ABOUT THE C.L.A.Y. FOUNDATION
The C.L.A.Y. Foundation is a non-profit organization that advocates for swim instruction, CPR training, AED availability and a year-round warm water swim facility. C.L.A.Y. provides scholarships to underprivileged children 6 months – 4 years to learn to float first, hosts free one-hour CPR training events and supports AED accessibility legislation. The long-term financial goal of The C.L.A.Y. Foundation is to build a year round warm water swim facility to teach children to float first then swim. We empower people to save lives through prevention then emergency first response. FloatFirstTM is the Foundation’s preferred method of learning life-saving water skills, teaching young children to simply float. Swim strokes can come later. For more information please visit our website at http://www.theclayfoundation.org and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theclayfoundation.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL DROWNING PREVENTION ALLIANCE The National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization. The NDPA’s mission is to prevent drowning and aquatic injuries, by educating, leading, engaging, and supporting the public, its members, chapters, and partners. The NDPA is located at 1 Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 and online at http://www.ndpa.org.

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