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Local group looks to raise money for pool lift for wheelchair-bound kids

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A local non-profit that teaches children to swim is asking for help. Poseidon's Children provides programs for special needs and under-privileged children in the community. The organization is in need of a pool lift to continue providing therapy and other services to wheelchair-bound kids.

Organizers said they have had to stop giving some lessons because they cannot get the students into the pool without a lift. Mary Kerr, the founder of the organization, said a wheelchair lift at a minimum costs $5,000. She said having one would allow the program to help more people.

"It allows us to not have to turn people away," said Kerr.

In an effort to help the organization raise money, the owners of Bohemian Robot Media Group approached Kerr about a unique fundraising opportunity. The organization is now doing an underwater photo shoot to raise the funds needed. The photo-shoots will take place April 9, 10, 16 and 17. You can schedule a shoot by calling 540-989-0520. A portion of the proceeds will go to Poseidon's Children.

You can find more information about the photo shoots by visiting http://www.bestofroanoke.com/.