Record haul for Swim for Hope

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

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

Submitted photo

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.

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