PHOTOS: Swimmers make a splash for great cause

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The Swim for a Tin fundraiser held at Suid-Natal High School on Saturday was a big success.

Organised by Southern KZN/Ugu Aquatics, whose committee is made up of representatives from Blue Ocean Aquatics and Margate Swimming Club, saw swimmers do as many laps in the 25m pool as possible per session, with each lap raising funds used to build bags for a local school feeding scheme.

Star swimmer and coach Samantha Labuschagné was the driving force behind the event.

“Super Sam”, as she’s affectionately known, is extremely passionate about helping the community and sprung into action when she heard about the feeding scheme being run by Suid-Natal Primary School.

It was a fun day with a full pool for all three sessions, including multi-time world masters and South African surfing champion Heather Clark, who did a whopping 140 laps.

“It was such an amazing day,” said Shayleen Orsmond, Margate Swimming Club PRO.

“We couldn’t believe what a success it was, not just in terms of the money raised, but just how everybody jumped on board and made this happen.

“From the counters who stood in the sun to count the laps to the ladies and gents who ran the tuck shop, pancake stand and manned the braai.

“Our aim was to generate enough money to fill 80 bags of non-perishables and essential items. We estimated that each bag would cost just over R200 and we would need just over R16 000 to make this all happen.

“We are still trying to tally up the donations, pledges and sponsor money, however, I am super proud to say that we are currently sitting on R30 000 raised. We also have 12 full bags that were dropped off on the day, which will allow us to help the needy at Suid-Natal Primary and Suid-Natal High.

“The day was a huge success and we are proud to be part of such a wonderful community. Thanks to everyone who supported the event and to Suid-Natal for all of their assistance on the day; they truly went above and beyond, from loaning us their braais to putting up their gazebos for extra shade, not to mention the stamp of approval to use the pool to run the event from,” she added.

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