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Cuerpo de Voluntarios de los Botes Salvavidas de Valparaiso.

  • By Andrés  López Castro · Chile, Americas


Cuerpo de Voluntarios de los Botes Salvavidas de Valparaiso.

Main aim of the charity

Our cause is to prevent and avoid more deaths from drowning in aquatic environments, for this we work on prevention and reaction, we work with children, schools and adults. Safeguard life in the sea.

How the employee got involved and why

1. Since childhood I had a childhood linked to the sea, being the son of a family of seafarers. At about 13 years of age, I suffered an experience where my mother and my brother were dragged by a current, being rescued by my father and the lifeguards. From that moment, I began to focus my efforts on belonging to that team of people dedicated to rescuing lives. Today I have more than 10 years of experience in rescue, being part of a volunteer team of rescuers who perform their work in aquatic environments, based on the city of Valparaiso, Chile's main port.

What work does the employee do for charity?

2. Currently we volunteers have a very extensive academic network, where we all must learn from different areas, but my job is to be surface swimmer, rescue swimmer. This is the first link between the rescuers and the victim. In addition to this, I am the Head of the Telecommunications Department, where I develop administrative processes aimed at getting improvements and updates for the different systems of communications in addition to the maintenance of our teams as well as to dictate workshops for all our volunteers.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

4. It would be a good contribution because the values of DHL are applicable to our intitution, then it is a great recognition of silent, voluntary and sometimes invisible work, being little recognized by the authorities. Our institution is composed of men, women and children who voluntarily dedicate their time to safeguard human life at sea, often leaving families, girlfriends, friends aside to serve the community. That is why it is an excellent recognition of this global work that here in Chile is voluntary

What impact would winning have on the employee?

5. It would be a constant impetus to continue developing our mission, we are currently brothers of RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) in England and like them, we require a lot of resources that here in Chile are not delivered by the authorities, but are financed by our own management (Self-financing of the volunteers) is why these initiatives and motivate our volunteers, urges me to continue working harder and with much more passion to achieve the first place.

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