Fundraisers make a splash for great causes
THE pool at Macclesfield Leisure Centre was filled with excitement for the annual Rotary Swimathon.
The swimming challenge is organised by the Rotary Club of Macclesfield Castle and sees teams from across town enter to see how many lengths they can swim in the given time period, with sponsorship split between Rotary’s charity and the chosen charities of the teams.
The five hour event included 41 teams, with individuals swimming for up to 40 minutes at a time.
By the end, a whopping total of 6,211 lengths of the 25 metre pool had been completed.
Rotarian Alec Johnston, who helps organise the event, said: “Rotary is all about the community and that’s the main purpose of the event. It was a fantastic event and as always a lot of fun was had. It’s really great for the small groups to get involved and raise some money for their charities.”
David Rutley, Macclesfield MP, also attended. He said: “I was very pleased to support this year’s Swimathon and it was great to see so many people of different ages taking part and raising money for worthy local causes.
“I would like to thank Macclesfield Rotary Club for organising the event and everyone for taking part.”
●● James Anderton, from Macclesfield Castle Rotary Club (left), with the Spearing team made up of Sarah Spearing, Jean Spearing, Paul Whyte, Emma Spearing and baby Heidi-Jean, Marshall Spearing and Rachel Spearing, along with Macclesfield MP David Rutley