Wednesday, June 1, 2016 9:00 am ·  0 Comments
Every year, the Oakville Masters Swim Club contributes to our community by raising money for a local charity. Today, Oakville Masters Coach Mette Novais and swimmers from the club presented a cheque for $11,600 to Susan Coyne, Resource Development Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton.
Oakville Masters swimmers continue to support a local registered charity with their annual swimming fundraiser, this year raising a record amount of money with help from generous donors who matched donations.
The donation was raised by 112 participating swimmers who voted to support this worthwhile charity in the annual fundraising effort. One swimmer and their spouse generously offered to match all donations raised by the club, doubling the $5,800 raised to a total of $11,600.
Murilo Cruz, Board member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton said “These funds will allow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton to directly improve the lives of the 1200 local children that we help through our mentoring and other programs and match even more children with a positive adult role model, creating a future where anything is possible.”
The Oakville Masters Swim Club raised the funds through a series of hour-long swims. Swimmers chose whether to swim continuously for an hour, trying to swim as many laps of the pool as they could or by participating in relay swims where each team of up to five swimmers completed 25 metre sprints for 60 minutes. The events took place in early April at White Oaks and Centennial Pools. Of the 112 swimmers who participated, there were 15 relay teams that swam a total of 69 kilometres and 41 individual swimmers that swam a total of 111 kilometres in an hour.
The swims provided an opportunity for friends, family members and those associated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton to volunteer as lap counters or cheer on swimmers. The involvement of the wider Oakville community contributed to the congenial and festive atmosphere during the charity swim event.
Coach Mette Novais said “It was a fun week with lots of great swimming. Our Masters swimmers are committed to giving back to the Oakville community, and once again they’ve done so with great enthusiasm.”
This is the eighth year of the Oakville Masters Swim Club charity swim in support of community charities. Past recipients of donations from the club have been the Oakville Fare Share Foodbank, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Halton and Oakville’s SOAAR day program which supports adults with Autism. With the matched donations, this year’s fundraising total sets a record for the club and is a measure of the members’ commitment to giving back to Oakville.