Swim­ming for Hope

Aubrey An­stey dives in for a good cause

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@tc.tc

Aubrey An­stey dives in for a good cause and helps Gan­der club raise over $18,000.

Just a cou­ple of weeks shy of 70, and seven months out from a knee re­place­ment, Aubrey An­stey had no qualms about div­ing in to help a good cause. The Gan­der res­i­dent en­tered the Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre pool at 9 a.m. Fri­day morn­ing, March 17, and planned to be there un­til 3:30 p.m.

His goal was to swim 400 lengths of the pool, the equiv­a­lent of 10 kilo­me­tres.

At the time of the in­ter­view, and with two hours of swim­ming left, An­stey had reached lap 300.

A men­tally and phys­i­cally daunt­ing task, to reach his des­ti­na­tion An­stey set a se­ries of smaller goals, which he called the “pen­nies” sys­tem.

“I took eight pen­nies and placed them at the end of the pool, af­ter swim­ming 50 lengths I’d re­move a penny, eight times 50 equals 400 lengths,” he said. “I do it that way be­cause look­ing at 400 lengths in to­tal seems like such a far­away goal.”

An­stey was swim­ming to sup­port the prov­ince’s 21st an­nual Swim for Hope.

The 12-hour con­tin­u­ous swim re­lay took place at 12 swim clubs across the prov­ince.

Funds raised are shared be­tween the Dr. H. Bliss Mur­phy Can­cer Care Foun­da­tion and the par­tic­i­pat­ing swim clubs, which are mem­bers of Swim­ming New­found­land and Labrador.

Ac­cord­ing to the Swim­ming NL, Swim for Hope has raised over $2 mil­lion since its in­cep­tion.

An­stey was one of 59 swim­mers in Gan­der – 54 youth and five adults – tak­ing part in the event.

An avid swim­mer – six times a week – he got in­volved three years ago to show sup­port for his sis­ter, Doreen Shal­low, who was bat­tling ovar­ian can­cer.

“Un­for­tu­nately, she passed be­fore the event took place, but I de­cided to go ahead with it in her mem­ory,” said An­stey. “I de­cided to keep do­ing it in her hon­our and to sup­port a good cause.”

In the three years he’s taken part in the race, An­stey has raised $6,700 through pledges.

And he doesn’t plan on stop­ping. As long as he’s able to take to the water, he’ll try his best to con­tinue sup­port­ing Swim for Hope.

Gan­der or­ga­nizer Diane Vey-Mo­rawski had a lot of praise for An­stey’s con­tin­ued sup­port.

“He’s quite an in­spi­ra­tion and such a won­der­ful sup­porter of can­cer re­search and our lo­cal swim club,” she said.

Vey-Mo­rawski also pointed out that the fundraiser was a big ques­tion mark this year.

The pool had been closed since last sum­mer for re­pairs, only re­open­ing its doors mid-Fe­bru­ary.

In less than a month the event was or­ga­nized.

“We kind of set our ex­pec­ta­tions low this year be­cause it is a 10K marathon and no­body was re­ally trained for it,” she said. “But peo­ple re­al­ize that this is such a worth­while cause, every­one is af­fected by can­cer at some point, and the sup­port we’ve re­ceived has been amaz­ing.”

When ev­ery­thing was tal­lied up the Gan­der Swim for Hope marathon raised $18,400 dol­lars, which in­cluded a $4,000 dol­lar con­tri­bu­tion from Nav Canada.


In to­tal 59 swim­mers – 54 youth and five adults – took part in the Marathon.


Above: Gan­der res­i­dent Aubrey An­stey un­der­took a 10-kilo­me­tre swim – 400 lengths of the Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre pool – on March 17 to sup­port Swim for Hope.


Left: Find­ing time for a bit of fun dur­ing the marathon, pic­tured from the left, Gre­gory Lewis, kris­ten Mo­rawski, Melissa Brown and Zachary Davidge frame up a pic­ture.


Left: Cut­ting a cel­e­bra­tory cake to mark the 21st an­nual Swim for Hope marathon, in Gan­der, were Noah and Lily Gates

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