People swim 24 hours for pool upgrade
Reporter Gary Farrow turns back the pages of the Cambridge Edition for our series to find out more about efforts to upgrade the public swimming pool.
‘‘Now is the time for the community to show they really want an indoor pool.’’
Cambridge residents have been pushing for an upgrade to the town’s pool complex for a long time indeed.
Looking back at publications of the Cambridge Edition from 2006, it’s clear the campaign was pressing on in earnest.
‘‘Now is the time for the community to show they really want an indoor pool, say the organisers of the project’s first big fundraising effort,’’ editor Wayne Timmo wrote for the January 11 issue.
Cambridge Amateur Swimming Club was planning a 24-hour swimathon fundraiser at Williamson Street for February 10, 2006, to help what was called the Covered Pool Campaign.
‘‘The club plans to claim the current vacant record for the world’s longest swimming carnival, with the help of club members, service clubs, busi- nesses and committed locals to create an atmosphere of fun entertainment, food and, of course, swimming,’’ Timmo wrote.
Individuals, businesses and families were all being encouraged to support the project, what- ever their swimming ability.
They could book a lane for a time with a gold coin donation, with organiser Graeme Martin saying interest in the event was high.
He said council itself was sup- portive of the event, and it had commissioned a study into what type of complex was needed, its location and the estimated costs.
The event ran from 6pm on the night of Friday, February 10.
It was opened by a minute’s Former Edition editor silence in honour of former club member Liz Neels who had died in a car crash in Karapiro in 2005.
Her parents Mike and Lori kick started donations with a generous $1000 contribution.
Then equestrian Mark Todd (now Sir Mark) also swam a few laps.
An Olympic shirt signed by champion cyclist Sarah Ulmer was even given away in a raffle.
Timmo reported in the February 15 Edition that the swimathon went very well, raising $15,000.
Event helper Jenny de Villiers said the swimming club’s youngest members did particularly well.
‘‘There’s some really little ones that have given it everything,’’ she said.
‘‘Each time they were called they never said ‘no I don’t want to’, they just swam with no complaints.’’
The Cambridge Edition gave extensive coverage for the Covered Pool Campaign in 2006. Wayne Timmo