Swimarathon raises big sum to fight po­lio

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

Mata­mata take a bow – your ef­forts at the Ro­tary Global Swimarathon have not only helped set a new world record but the lo­cal event is the lead­ing fundraiser world­wide, rais­ing $20,000 to help erad­i­cate po­lio from the globe.

Mata­mata Ro­tary Club event co-or­gan­iser Don Stan­ley said the 159 swim­mers who took part in the event at the Mata­mata Sports Cen­tre in the early hours of the morn­ing could be jus­ti­fi­ably proud of their ef­forts.

‘‘The swim was a fan­tas­tic event to be part of. Ev­ery­one who par­tic­i­pated in some way should be very pleased with the re­sult.

‘‘ For us to have raised $20,000 in a small com­mu­nity like Mata­mata is an amaz­ing ef­fort.

‘‘The event was held in more than 100 towns and cities around the world which puts this ef­fort into per­spec­tive,’’ Mr Stan­ley said.

At­ten­dance at the Mata­mata event was also above the world­wide av­er­age and while it was short of the largest recorded ef­forts of more than 350 swim­mers in sev­eral cen­tres, Mr Stan­ley said to have al­most 160 peo­ple swim at 1am was a great re­sult.

While of­fi­cial re­sults still need to be rat­i­fied, the old world record mark of 2500 has eas­ily been sur­passed with more than 5200 swim­mers world­wide con­firmed as hav­ing taken part.

The money raised glob­ally from the event will go to­wards help­ing Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional and the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion stamp out the po­lio virus in the world.

Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional has been at the fore­front in the bat­tle to erad­i­cate po­lio from the world for more than two decades.

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