Swimarathon raises big sum to fight polio
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.