The 10th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Bedford’s annual Swimathon is racing toward us, but there’s still time to take the plunge and sign up.
So far there are 22 teams, from schools, clubs, charities and other organisations participating in next month’s Community Sponsored Charity Swimathon that encourages swimmers to raise funds for their favourite charity.
This year, the Rotary Club of Bedford selected Canine Partners, a charity that trains assistance dogs for disabled people, to receive half of the expected £10,000 total.
And it’s for a very special cause because the club are sponsoring Ayla, an eight week old female Yellow Labrador, who will be trained at Canine Partners’ local satellite in Clapham.
Teams of up to six will swim in relay for 50 minutes raising money to go towards Ayla’s initial training, helping to prepare her to become an assistance dog for a disabled person and undoubtedly transform their life.
If that wasn’t enough, every swimmer will receive a commemorative medallion and there are trophies for those who raised the most sponsorship.
Swimathon Project Manager at Rotary of Bedford, Keith Fossey, said: “It is an event where we want to encourage members of the local community to raise money for their own chosen charity, but half of what they raise goes to the Rotary’s charity, which this year is Canine Partners.”
> I’ve decided to get my swim cossie on and jump head first into the challenge for this excellent event - so water you wading for? Sign up with me today to take part in the Swimathon on Saturday, November 23 at Bedford School swimming pool.
Enter your team online or download an entry form at www.rotaryswimathon.org.uk or contact Keith on 01234 firstname.lastname@example.org.