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Make a splash for kids

Friday, 30th January, 2015

YMCA’s Heidi Taylor, Hannah Agius, Jacinta McMahon and Laura Mallon are hoping to see a great turnout at this year’s Swimathon. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel YMCA’s Heidi Taylor, Hannah Agius, Jacinta McMahon and Laura Mallon are hoping to see a great turnout at this year’s Swimathon. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Darrin Manuel

Swimmers of all ages and ability are invited to take the plunge for a good cause next month at the YMCA’s Swimathon.

The event promises a great day out for the family, and will raise funds for the Y’s ‘SwimAbility’ program which helps children with a disability learn to swim and learn about water safety.

The YMCA is hoping to raise $250,000 across the country to fund at least 1600 SwimAbility positions, giving those with a disability the opportunity to enjoy being in the water.

“The funds raised through the YMCA Swimathon will enable greater access to all members of our community by providing the availability of specialised equipment, classes and instructors required to learn to swim or simply to enjoy being in the water,” said YMCA NSW Disability Programs Manager, Catherine Hogan.

Local YMCA employee Hannah Agius said everyone could show their support by making donations and offering sponsorship, casual participation, or even volunteering to help out on the day.

“Even if the kids just want to have a run around in the toddlers’ pool, families can come along and enjoy the day, or maybe even put in a relay team,” she said.

Along with raising money for a good cause, a range of prizes will also be up for grabs for individuals and relay teams which raise the most money or swim the most laps.

Anyone wishing to register or seek further information can visit http://ymcaswimathon.org.au or call in at the BH Regional Aquatic Centre.

Those who would like to help but would prefer to stay dry may lend a hand by attending a fundraising screening of Dumb And Dumber To on Sunday at 2pm at the Silver City Cinema.

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