You could be a record breaker

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotary Corner -

Would you like to be part of an at­tempt to break a Guin­ness World Record? Read on! 2012 was a spe­cial year with the Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games be­ing held. Wer­ring­ton Ro­tary Club held their an­nual char­ity swim at Jack Hunt Pool - en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal peo­ple to keep fit and en­joy life.

Aa a once- in- a- life­time bonus all peo­ple who par­tic­i­pated were able to hold Tasha Lloyd’s Olympic Re­lay Torch. Swim­mers were emailed pho­to­graphs of their spe­cial moment with the torch and re­ceived a com­mem­o­ra­tive t- shirt. The club will be do­nat­ing money to Tasha’s char­ity.

To date the char­ity swim has raised £ 1527 for the club to give to lo­cal char­i­ties and projects. Swim­mers were able to do­nate half of the money they col­lected to their own causes so the to­tal raised is far in ex­cess of that achieved by the club. The club will use some of their money to buy Dic­tio­nar­ies for Life to give to school leavers at a num­ber of lo­cal schools. They also hope to pro­vide mon­e­tary as­sis­tance in ad­di­tion to help­ing de­sign the An­niver­sary Park out­side Wer­ring­ton Li­brary. Cre­ation of the park is be­ing pro­moted by Wer­ring­ton Neigh­bour­hood Coun­cil and needs as­sis­tance from peo­ple with dif­fer­ent skills pre­pared to give their time and ex­per­tise to build this spe­cial space for the vil­lage.

At Thor­ney the roof of the Abbey is be­ing re­placed - no small job. A team from the church tak­ing part in the swim raised the last few pounds to com­plete the work - just one of the teams that par­tic­i­pated.

In Fe­bru­ary 2012 the club or­gan­ised lo­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion in cre­at­ing a Guin­ness World Record for the most num­ber of swim­mers to swim 100 me­tres in a one hour pe­riod. It at­tracted both young and old. Through­out the world 4588 swim­mers took part - even at 4.00am in Aus­tralia! Over $ 100,000 raised world­wide has been do­nated to the End Po­lio Now cam­paign.

This year the world event is on ` Ro­tary Day’, Satur­day 23rd Fe­bru­ary 2013. It has been dif­fi­cult to book a pool in Peter­bor­ough but the Jack Hunt Pool has been made avail­able from 18.00 to 19.00.

Come and take part! – swim just 100 me­tres. It is hoped many schools and other or­gan­i­sa­tions will join lo­cal Ro­tary Clubs. En­try is only £ 3.00 for adults, £ 2.00 for those un­der 16.

All swim­mers will re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate and, if the world record is bro­ken, ver­i­fi­ca­tion of tak­ing part.

Wer­ring­ton Ro­tary Club will do­nate all their prof­its to­wards po­lio vac­ci­na­tions.

You can raise money for your own char­ity and, af­ter swim­ming the 100 me­tres, half of the pool will be open if you wish to con­tinue to swim.

En­try de­tails can be ob­tained from email: gra­ham@ walkeruk. de­mon. co. uk

En­tries are pre­ferred by email but can be sent by post in­clud­ing stamped ad­dressed en­ve­lope to: Gra­ham Walker, 28 Melford Close, Longthorpe, Peter­bor­ough. PE3.9NG tel: 01733 265738 m: 07732 303057 or on face­book Peter­bor­ough. Wer­ring­ton. Ro­tary

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