YMCA Swimathon 2014

  • Date: 20 November 2013
  • Category: News
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“Half an hour of happiness” is how Brian describes his 12 year old daughter Georgia’s weekly swimming session at their local YMCA. 

Georgia’s family are profoundly impacted by her autism. For five years they’ve been able to rely on the happiness that her one-on-one swimming lessons provide, thanks to YMCA Open Doors funding.

The YMCA Swimathon is our one and only national fundraising event, raising awareness of the importance of swimming lessons so less lives are lost through drowning.

Funds raised through the YMCA Swimathon directly support families like Georgia’s. Last year over $50,000 was raised in Victoria, allowing disadvantaged kids to access swimming lessons with the YMCA. Just $15 helps a disadvantage child participate in their first swimming lesson, and $30 buys a neck floatation device for a disabled child.

But your generosity in helping us teach every child to swim goes well beyond the pool.

“I just have to say ‘We’re going swimming’ and she’s happy,” said Brian.

YMCA Victoria works to improve the health and happiness of Victorians in need. All funds raised go towards supporting those most at risk of drowning including, Indigenous groups, people newly arrived to Australia, disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities, through swimming lessons at their local YMCA.

Find out if your local Y is hosting a YMCA Swimathon 2014, form a team and start fundraising, or see how else you could support us.