Laurie gets local kids doing 'The Five'

SWARMS of excited children swamped the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club yesterday, ready to learn about swim safety.

In a free stage performance, more than 850 school children and parents spent the morning singing and dancing to the catchy, well-known 'Kids Alive Do the Five' message Fence the pool, shut the gate, teach your kids to swim it's great, supervise, watch your mate, and learn how to resuscitate.

Laurie Lawrence, gold medal Olympic coach and founder of Kids Alive Do the Five, is partnering with McDonald's to spread the word about water safety.

"This past summer has been horrific in terms of pre-school drowning," he said.

"With the string support of McDonald's I'd like to think we can make the twenty regional towns we are visiting from Newcastle to Lismore fatality-free."!

n Children can meet and greet the Kids Alive Do the Five characters today, 11am at the McDonald's Coffs Harbour North, and then at Park Beach Plaza from 12 noon.



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