Record haul for Swim for Hope
On Friday, March 8, members of the Poseidon Swim Club took part in the 17th Swim for Hope at the Carbonear Swimming Pool.
Over 900 swimmers across the province took part in this event and raised a record-breaking $115,000.
Swim for Hope is a 12-hour swimming relay that is held each year to raise money for the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation and the swim clubs who are members of Swimming Newfoundland and Labrador. The purpose of the event is also to create public awareness of competitive swimming and to most of all have fun doing so.
This year, 24 Poseidon swimmers participated and raised a grand total of $5,668, with Allison Somers raising the most at a whopping $1,100.
The club total far surpassed the previous best of just over $3,000 in 2010.
Poseidon Swim Team members took to the pool at 4:30 p.m., and had fun in the pool until the wee hours of the morning. Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade kicked off the event and cancer survivor Dana Cox preformed a song she wrote on her road to recovery called “No Time for You.”
Her song provided great inspiration for the Poseidon swimmers and volunteers that helped organize the event.
— Submitted by Megan Forward
The Poseidon Swim Club took part in the 17th Swim for Hope at the Carbonear Swimming Pool on March 8. Pictured here are participants, organizers and sponsors. Mayor Sam Slade (front, centre) was also on hand to help kick off the event.