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Make a Splash--Learn to Swim

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Olympic Swimmer Cullen Jones was five years old when he almost drowned at Dorney Water Park in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. Now aged thirty, Cullen works with the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash charity to save lives. Here are some interesting statistics:

70% of African American children cannot swim.

60% of Latino children cannot swim.

40% of Caucasian children cannot swim.

Ten people drown each day in the U.S.

Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of childhood unintentional death for children under the age of 14.

Participation in formal swimming lessons could reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.

Research Study reveals 60-70% of African-American and Hispanic kids can't swim.

MAKE a SPLASH helps children LEARN to SWIM

Hopetoun Horse Trials

Posted on May 11, 2014 at 6:10 PM


Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th June 2014

Gillespie Macandrew Hopetoun Horse Trials

Hopetoun House

South Queensferry

Near Edinburgh

EH30 9SL

Deborah Raffin, Elegant Survivor

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Deborah Raffin, 1953--2012

Beautiful blonde actress Deborah Raffin became a philanthropic entrepreneur when after a very successful film career she and her husband began producing books-on-tape, which benefit greatly those who cannot see to read. An Associated Press obituary for Ms Raffin dated November 24th, 2012, details another one of her charitable projects: "Ms. Raffin also compiled celebrities’ Christmas anecdotes for a 1990 book, “Sharing Christmas,” which raised money for groups serving the homeless. It included stories from Margaret Thatcher, Kermit the Frog and Mother Teresa."

In the mid-1970s, I was on-set with Deborah Raffin and Edward Albert Jr., appearing in one scene at a big band dining-and-dancing venue. Edward Albert came to my table and asked me for "a match", whereupon I lit his cigarette. 1930s clothing and music are fabulous; there was a live, professional swing band, so I had a blast. 

Deborah Raffin was elegant and lovely, a shining example of womanhood who made the world a better place for the disadvantaged.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012