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Swimming for a good cause

Thursday, 12th March, 2020

The YMCA Laps for Life team (back from left) Emily Hamilton, Martika Harrison, Paddric Attard and Kinza Chun (front left) Carolyn Pettitt, Stephanie Warhurst and Kyara Fisk. Absent: Annabella Harrison, Cheryl Day, Briony Wonson and Elliot Mallon. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson The YMCA Laps for Life team (back from left) Emily Hamilton, Martika Harrison, Paddric Attard and Kinza Chun (front left) Carolyn Pettitt, Stephanie Warhurst and Kyara Fisk. Absent: Annabella Harrison, Cheryl Day, Briony Wonson and Elliot Mallon. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

YMCA staff members are taking to the pool this month to participate in Reach Out’s Laps for Life Challenge, raising funds and awareness for the mental health of young people. 

One of the team’s swimmers, Stephanie Warhurst, said after seeing it pop up on her Facebook feed she thought it would be a great thing to do individually.

Stephanie said most of the team were swim school instructors or somehow involved with the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre.

“I thought it would be a great initiative for us to get together and promote youth mental health,” she said. 

“It is a really important thing, so I think it’s a great initiative to get behind.

“We’re aiming to raise $2000 as a team. We’ve just passed half way and so we’re going to get a tin and do a bake sale later in the month to raise more funds.

“People can get behind us by sharing all our Facebook stuff, it’s on the Broken Hill Regional Aquatic Centre Facebook page, and people can get behind us by supporting the cause and by donating,” she said. 

Each member of the team has set an individual goal to achieve in terms of fundraising and distance. But as a team they are aiming to swim 100 kilometres and raise $2000. Their original goal was $1000 which was reached before they even started the swimming on March 1. 

There is a donation tin at the Regional Aquatic Centre and the team will be hosting a Bake Sale at the centre on Saturday, March 28, during Learn to Swim. 

The YMCA team would appreciate any donations which may be made to: lapsforlife.com.au/fundraisers/YMCABrokenHill.

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