YMCA Swimathon raises $336,000 to support 4,800 people with disabilities learn to swim!
On Sunday March 1, 1,833 people Splashed Out for a Great Cause at 60 YMCA pools in the YMCA Swimathon 2015!
The event was an outstanding success, raising $336,000 to support people with disabilities to learn to swim and enjoy water safely.
The funds raised will ensure up to 4,800 people with disabilities get the chance to learn to swim and experience the fun and freedom of being in the water in the year ahead - tripling our initial target of 1600 – awesome!
The three key items the funds raised will be spent on are:
- One on one swimming lessons for people with disabilities
- The upskilling of YMCA aquatic teachers to teach people with a disability to learn to swim
- Accessibility equipment so people with a disability can access the water
The YMCA Swimathon makes a huge difference for people like Sienna. She has Cerebral Palsy, and was so inspired by the YMCA Swimathon up at YMCA Top End that she rallied her community to the cause. Not only did she raise $8,000, but swam an incredible 3km leaving her wheelchair poolside.
I believe swimming opens up opportunities for people to be happy and empowered,” Sienna said.
“I swam in the YMCA Swimathon to help the YMCA create future pathways for more programs and a National Disability Swim Meet to occur in the Northern Territory.”
To everyone that that swum, donated or supported the cause thank you. All the funds raised in your local community will stay in your local community to help local people with disabilities access the water and learn to swim!
Again, thank you. We can’t wait to see you again in 2016!
If you would like to make a one off donation to the YMCA, please click here.