Swim for a cause

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Driveway -

CHAR­LIE Pa­ganin will make a splash and raise funds when he com­petes in the 2015 GMP Team Sprint Cup.

The 17-year-old Christ Church Gram­mar School stu­dent, who has autism, will swim along­side about 50 teams of stu­dents from years 5-12 in the re­lay race for Autism West.

For­mer Olympian Bill Kirby will be MC at the event and present the cup to the fastest school team.

“What sets the event apart from the av­er­age swim­ming event is that is has a re­ally strong fam­ily and com­mu­nity tie,” Mr Kirby said.

“Be­cause there are no in­di­vid­ual su­per­stars it’s all about do­ing well in their team, hav­ing fun with mates and rais­ing money.

About $900,000 has been raised for autism ser­vices since the event started in 2008.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate, visit www.autismwest. org.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d434625

Char­lie Pa­ganin with event co­or­di­na­tor Bill Kirby.

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