The Greater Wichita YMCA is collecting gently used swimsuits through Sept. 6 for its free learn-to-swim and water safety program, offered to second-graders in low-income schools.
The goal is to give every second-grader a chance to participate. "Many of the kids in this program have never had a swim lesson, and both their fear and inexperience with regards to water increase their likelihood of drowning," said Mim McKenzie, the Y's community development executive director.
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in children under the age of 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Swimsuits may be taken to any Wichita area YMCA. The Y asks that two-piece swimsuits not be donated. Any remaining swimsuits will be used in the YMCA's free STARS (Students Together Afterschool for Recreation and Sports) program.
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Bikers for Babies to ride Saturday
The Wichita Bikers for Babies motorcycle ride, to benefit the March of Dimes, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at Indian Motorcycle, 9501 W. Kellogg.
Registration is $30 for a rider or for a passenger. Proceeds will go to support research, community services, education and advocacy.
More information and registration is available at bikersforbabies.org.
It's sign-up time for Memory Walk
The Alzheimer's Association's Central and Western Kansas Office is gearing up for this year's Memory Walks. Wichita's will be Oct. 2 at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m.; the one-mile walk begins at 10 a.m.
The walks are designed to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. For more information on the Wichita walk or to register, visit www.wichitawalk.kintera.org. For information about other walks, visit www.alz.org/memorywalk/.