Rotary Corner: Our events need sponsorship

Rotary Corner, 22 January 2015. Photo supplied
Rotary Corner, 22 January 2015. Photo supplied
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Does anyone know of any charity swimming events held in Peterborough?

There appears to be only one: Rotaryswim organised by members of Werrington Rotary Club.

Even if you cannot swim you could be pulled along the pool as fast or as slow as you desire.

It is an event for all ages and abilities.

Events need sponsorship to cover the cost of hiring venues and marketing.

Werrington Rotary Club was therefore very pleased to gain sponsorship to hold their annual event at Jack Hunt Pool.

Swift Car Care from Peterborough and Huntingdon agreed to be the main sponsors but were supported by Smith Gore the national surveyors, based in Peterborough.

Other contributors were Netherton Chemists, Inspire Peterborough based at the Cresset (who assist people with disabilities), Lazerforce (who have their live games arena in the centre of Peterborough) and the K2 Driving School.

If you visit your local pool, swim in a pool on holiday in Spain or are lucky enough to take a dip on an ocean liner look out for the Rotaryswim t-shirt. These were handed to each competitor.

They have the Rotaryswim logo on the front and also, on the back, the logos and details of each sponsor.

Still not able to swim a full length unaided, Noah from Suffolk came up to Peterborough to enjoy a few lengths being pulled by his mother.

Three young boys arrived at the pool not realising that the event was taking place.

They were accommodated in the only lane available and managed five lengths as well as the odd dive to the bottom of the Jack Hunt Pool.

There were more serious swimmers taking part. Caroline Blasiak from Longthorpe swam an impressive 113 lengths alternating one breast stroke and one front crawl.

How does she swim so fast? Imagine sponsoring her per length!

Alice Marr, just eleven years old, swam 82 lengths and beat her older brother by three lengths.

No matter how young or old the idea is to have a good time and help others

The main reason for the event however is to raise money, not only for Rotary but also for the swimmers chosen charities.

The aim of the event was to raise well over £2,000 in the four hour period in which it took place.

Could you be interested in joining in next time?

For details contact the Peterborough Werrington Rotary Club through Facebook or their website.

For even more chances to have a great time and help the community, why not consider joining a Rotary club? Do something different this year!

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