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Swimming great lengths for young Islanders

Swimming great lengths for young Islanders

Saturday 12 November 2016

Swimming great lengths for young Islanders

Saturday 12 November 2016

Swimmers who take the plunge and take part in next year's Swimarathon will be putting in some lengths for young people in the Island.

Five local charities will benefit from the big swim at Les Quennevais pool next March.

Brighter Futures, Brig-Y-Don Children’s Charity, Brook Jersey, Every Child Our Future and Jersey Association for Youth & Friendship are all beneficiaries of the event and will share half of the moneys raised at the five day event.

Lion Andrew Quinn, the Lions Club of Jersey President, said: "This year it was a unanimous decision to focus the Swimarathon on local charities which help young people. The selected organisations offer everything from educational parenting programmes for families and individuals, life-enhancing experiences for those in care, one-on-one reading support for primary school pupils and hostel accommodation for young adults. A great set of charities for 2017, in what will be the 100th year anniversary of the formation of Lions Clubs International, although we haven’t reached that milestone in Jersey quite yet!"

Other money raised by the Swimarathon will provide respite holidays for local people, support for Pathways, a new youth movement with a membership of more than 150 youngsters, and a range of community services in the Island.

Tim Houghton, Head of Client Experience & Channel Strategy at RBC Wealth Management said: "We celebrated our 10th year of sponsoring the Swimarathon this year and received fantastic support raising a brilliant sum of around £138,000. We’ll be looking to do it all over again next year.

"I’ve swum as part of an RBC team for the last five years and my own children are some of the approximate 2,000 young people who take the plunge. It’s lovely that a community event supported by so many of the Island’s children will, next year, benefit young islanders. I hope as many people as possible will join my RBC colleagues and me in ‘going great lengths for Jersey youth."

The Swimarathon runs from Wednesday 8 March to 12 March 2017 and you can find out more about it here



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