BoatU.S. News: Kid's Life Jacket Loaner Program Seeks Children's Photos For Calendar

Published online: Jul 20, 2009 News
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ANNAPOLIS, Md., July 20, 2009 - The BoatU.S. Foundation's Kid's Life Jacket Loaner Program will loan out life jackets over 90,000 times this year - at no cost - at over 500 locations across the nation. 

Now, the national 501(c)(3) nonprofit group needs your help in creating a 2010 photo calendar with images of children wearing the life jackets and staying safe on the water. By offering the photo calendar contest on the new Foundation Facebook page the boating safety and environmental organization hopes to educate and reach out to more boaters, as well as generate funds for this much needed program that has saved three children's lives.

The contest is simple. Borrow a free life jacket from one of the BoatU.S. Foundation's Kid's Life Jacket Loaner Program sites, snap a picture of your child in the jacket and upload it to the Foundation page on Facebook (or email to 
AKeating@BoatUS.com). In November, judges will select the best photos to be featured in a 2010 BoatUS Foundation Calendar that will be offered for sale on www.BoatUS.com/foundation . The organization also plans to use some of the images to continue to promote the popular program, which allows parents and boaters to borrow for free a right-sized life jacket for the day or weekend.

The BoatU.S. Foundation Facebook page provides updates on all Foundation programs, discussions on boating safety and clean boating topics, short practical safety videos and much more. 

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About the BoatU.S. Foundation:
The BoatU.S. 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 BoatU.S. 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.

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