United Way at 62 percent of goal

info@islandpacket.comNovember 30, 2012 

The United Way of the Lowcountry has received more than $1,747,000 in gifts and pledges -- 62.4 percent of its 2012 annual fundraising goal of $2.8 million.

As part of United Way of the Lowcountry's efforts to make the community a better, safer and healthier place to live and grow, the Wardle Family YMCA continues its swimming lesson program.

"Body mass index reports from the Beaufort County School District show that 37 percent of third-graders and 40 percent of fifth-graders were obese or overweight," Michael Bostwick of the YMCA said. "We hope to teach the fundamentals of swimming to prevent drowning and to encourage swimming as a way to reduce childhood obesity."

A $50 donation to United Way of the Lowcountry creates an opportunity for a child to learn to swim at the Wardle Family YMCA.

To learn more about United Way of the Lowcountry and its work, call 843-982-3040 or go to www.uwlowcountry.org. A secure online-payment system is available.

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