In August 2020, 2 year old Hunter Boyle was happily feeding horses on his Grandfather’s farm in Shepparton.
The cheeky toddler loved to visit his Grandfather and spend time playing and looking at the moon. He had a smile that would light up the room and everyone was taken by his cheerful, happy nature.
On this cold August day, as his Grandfather turned his back for a second, Hunter silently fell into a nearby dam and drowned.
His family’s lives were changed forever.
In the depths of their despair, Hunter’s parents, family and friends were driven to make a difference for others and had a dream to establish a program that would provide children in need, within the Goulburn Valley region, with critical swimming lessons and water safety education for a minimum of 12 months.
In partnership with Kidsafe Victoria, Ash and Matt were thrilled to launch The Hunter Boyle Children’s Swim Pilot Program in May 2021, with an aim to expand to other regional areas over the next 12 months.
We need you!
If you would like to support the Hunter Boyle Children’s Swim Program and help provide potentially life saving swimming lessons to children in need, you can donate by clicking the link below:
A special thanks to The Bridge Youth Services and Greater Shepparton City Council for their support.
After being the charity partner of the Campbell’s Shepparton Running Festival in 2021 and the Vineyards Running Festival in 2022, we are thrilled to continue the tradition of the Hunter Boyle Children’s Swim Program being chosen as the charity partner for the Campbell’s Shepparton Running Festival in August 2023.
Funds raised from the event will be donated to support more children with potentially life saving swim lessons and water safety education.
“We would like to thank the running club and all participants involved, even though the physical event couldn’t go ahead, the club made a huge point of continuing to support the program through their virtual event. It’s people like this that make The Hunter Boyle Children’s Swim Program not only successful, but accessible to children. We are so appreciative of not only the huge donations raised, but the ongoing support from the Shepparton running club,” said Ash Napolitano, Hunter’s Mum about the 2021 Campbell’s Shepparton Running Festival event.
Here’s a few other ways you can help support the program by:
– Donate to provide vital, lifesaving swimming lessons and equipment (like bathers, goggles) for vulnerable families
– Looking for a career change? Consider becoming a much-needed swimming teacher! We are offering swim teach scholarships to help meet the need for qualified instructors in the area
– Share our water safety messages with your family and friends, to help raise awareness about what we can all do to help prevent childhood drowning incidents.
In April 2023, we were delighted to be a part of the inaugural Night Night Moon Gala Ball in aid of the Hunter Boyle Children’s Swim Program. A big thank you to everyone who attended the Gala and to the incredible businesses who support the event through sponsorship and prize donations. Funds raised are helping the program continue to provide crucial, life-saving swimming lessons and water education to children in the Goulburn Valley region.
We look forward to planning next year’s event and seeing you in Shepparton in 2024! If you would like to become a sponsor or support the event, please contact Kidsafe Victoria’s Fundraising Manager Courtney Rayner on 9036 2306 or email us at email@example.com.
If you would like to continue supporting the program, you can make a donation to help us supply the swimwear and accessories needed to get kids into the water.